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Memorial lunch honours RAF ace Johnnie Johnson




A special anniversary lunch was held at RAF Wittering on Thursday, November 29 to celebrate the life of Air Vice Marshal Johnnie Johnson.

John Edwards, one of the organisers of the event said the lunch, which has been held every year for the last nine years, had been another success.

Members of the Johnnie Johnson Appreciation Society at the 2018 lunch Photo: Lee Hellwing (5755077)
Members of the Johnnie Johnson Appreciation Society at the 2018 lunch Photo: Lee Hellwing (5755077)

"If these people like Johnnie are not remembered then the younger generation will never know about them," he said.

John, who knew Johnnie personally, described the World War Two fighter ace as a "very straight to the point kind of man".

"How he survived the war we will never know but he was a real top ace," he said.

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 Johnnie Johnson Appreciation Society continue to celebrate his life with the annual lunch.

This year’s event held in the Sergeants mess was attended by nine members.

The bust of Johnnie Johnson Photo: Lee Hellwing (5755074)
The bust of Johnnie Johnson Photo: Lee Hellwing (5755074)

"We were absolutely delighted with the latest lunch and must thank RAF Wittering for the trouble they went to for us," said John.

"We had a general talk and people made speeches and the bust of Johnnie was on the table.

"It is normally kept under lock and key at the base.

"It was all a great success and we are planning it again for next year."



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