Johnny was born on July 23, 1921 in London, England. He attended Acton Technical College in London. In March, 1941 he joined the RAF in London, England. He was posted to ACRC Babbacombe, London; #2 ITW Cambridge; #1 EFTS Hatfield, Moncton, NB; #32 EFTS Bowden, Alta; #39 SFTS Swift Current, Sask.; #37 SFTS Calgary where he received his Pilot Wing in 1942.

He was posted to #31 ANS Port Albert, Ontario. Qualified as staff navigator on April 1943. Posted to #33 SFTS Carberry; #1 GRS Summerside; #28 EFTS Wolverhampton; #21 (P) AFU Wheaton Aston; #132 OTU East Fortune UK.
Stations served on During Ops: East Fortune, Changi & Seletar, Singapore; Butterworth & Kuala Lumpur, Malaya; Kema Jordan, Java; S/S Queen of Bermuda.
Served in: Training Command; Coastal Command; South East Asia Air Command; #84 Squadron, RAF; 1300 Meteorological Flight RAF. Crew on Ops F/O W.O. Rutledge, RNZAF.