Anniversary meal to celebrate the life and times of ‘flying ace’ Johnnie

John Edwards, John Westcombe and Michael Crowe {front} with Ray Berisford, John Copeland, John Stacey and John Birham (back) members of the Johnnie Johnson appreciation society having lunch at RAF Wittering EMN-140312-145352009

John Edwards, John Westcombe and Michael Crowe {front} with Ray Berisford, John Copeland, John Stacey and John Birham (back) members of the Johnnie Johnson appreciation society having lunch at RAF Wittering EMN-140312-145352009

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A special anniversary meal was held at RAF Wittering last week to celebrate the life of Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson.

The event, held on December 4 in the Officers’ Mess at RAF Wittering, was attended by seven members of the Johnnie Johnson Appreciation Society.

Spitfire pilot Johnnie grew up in Leicester and joined the RAF in 1939 where he soon became known as a flying ace who individually shot down 34 enemy planes in aerial combat in the Second World War.

Sadly, Johnnie died aged 85 in 2001, but the society continue to celebrate his life.

Society member, John Edwards from Uffington said: “We want to keep Johnnie’s name and memories alive.”

Pride of place at the anniversary meal was a new bust the society had made in honour of Johnnie.