John was born on the 25th of September 1920 at Eastham, London, England.
He enlisted in the RAF at Uxbridge, England and did his basic training at Torquay and then his Elementary Flying School at Desford.
His Advanced Flying Training took place at Montrose, Scotland where he received his Pilot Wings in January, 1941.
He did his OTU at Hawarden, (north Wales) Flying out of Speke(Liverpool).
He served on RAF Squadrons #64 and #616 flying Spitfires. Stations served on during Ops were Hornchurch - Rochford (satellite to Hornchurch), Drem (satellite to Turnhouse, Edinburgh), West Hampnett ( satellite to Tangmere)
Ist spin in Tiger Moth looking down at a cemetry. Flying into Liverpool and London Balloon Barage in a Spitfire. Balloons everywhere, up, down and at every turn. A scary few minutes. Crash landed at night in a Miles Master after losing a wheel on take-off. Crash landed Spitfire in the channel in a fog, with harness unstrapped. Best landing I ever made.