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Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson - Lancaster mid-upper gunner

Header image: Left: Ken Johnson, wartime Lancaster Air Gunner. Right: Ken Johnson in 2016, at the Yorkshire Air Museum, Elvington, after the award of his Legion de Honneur. 

We are sad to report that Warrant Officer Ken Johnson LdH, an Air Gunner who flew a total of 44 wartime operations in Lancasters, passed away on 2nd January, aged 95. Ken flew as a mid-upper gunner, completing 33 operations with 61 Squadron, after which he volunteered for a second operational tour, joining 9 Squadron at Bardney. With 9 Squadron Ken was involved in ‘Tallboy’ attacks against the battleship Tirpitz and the raid against Hitler’s Alpine retreat at Berchtesgaden.

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RAF Memorial Flight Official Club support to the BBMF

We are pleased to be able to report that the RAF Memorial Flight Official Club has this month reached a significant milestone in supporting the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF). Since 2013 when the Official Club came into existence, we have now raised £100,000 in total for the BBMF.

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Operation Bodenplatte 1st January 1945

Header image: Focke-Wulf Fw 190s of I./JG 6 attacking Eindhoven airfield, Netherlands, on New Year’s Day 1945. (Artwork: Gareth Hector)

Seventy-five years ago, on 1st January 1945, it was not a happy New Year’s Day for the Allied Air Forces on the continent of Europe or for the German Luftwaffe. That morning the Luftwaffe launched its planned Unternehmen Bodenplatte (Operation Baseplate), a surprise, low-level, mass air attack by some 850 fighters and fighter-bombers – mostly but not exclusively Focke-Wulf Fw 190s and Messerschmitt Bf 109s – against 17 Allied airfields in Belgium, the Netherlands, and France. 

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