Chris Johnson

I have always been interested in aviation especially WW2, for various reasons. Originally from Driffield, East Yorkshire, my father told me about the RAF station there during the war, and classrooms at my Pocklington school overlooked the runways. My bedroom ceiling was decorated with WW2 Airfix models, and I went to air shows with my parents and a friend whose father was a Squadron Leader. I now live on what used to be RAF Hawkinge in Kent.

My interest in Bomber Command stems from research into the RAF career of my mother’s cousin. He completed a tour with 61 Sqdn. and, after time on OTUs, volunteered for the Pathfinders. He joined 83 Sqdn. and was kia on 10/5/44.

After several years working in admin. and materials control roles on major construction projects in the UK and overseas, I moved to Kent to work on construction of the Channel Tunnel. After four years I transferred to Eurotunnel and retired last year.