Welcome

Hi, and welcome.

Thank you for visiting my site which hopes to act as a tribute to the incredible generation who fought for world freedom during the Second World War. Inspired by their courage, heroism and modesty, I am extremely passionate about raising awareness and educating future generations; so that we can continue to learn from the past and to always remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

A huge Battle of Britain enthusiast, I consider myself hugely fortunate to have met many of the last surviving members of Churchill’s ‘Few’, my boyhood heroes, some of who became very close personal friends. I have dedicated a page to each of these gentleman I was so lucky to spend time with in recent years under a Tribute to the Few. With only one of the legendary ‘Few’ left gracing the earth, Group Captain John ‘Paddy’ Hemingway DFC, it shows that time stands still for no-one – not even heroes.

I also have an enormous interest and immeasurable admiration for the brave crews of RAF Bomber Command, who suffered such horrendous casualties. It’s wonderful to now see the long overdue Bomber Command Memorials – such as that at Green Park, and the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln, of which I am a proud volunteer, recognising the more than 55,000 who gave their lives. 

F5D5AF30-D2F1-4421-9384-C14A5979CA4DA writer and photographer, I have been proud and privileged to have many aviation related articles and photographs published in books, magazines and in the National press. These include most National newspapers, Flypast & Aeroplane Magazines and Wingleader. In 2019 I wrote, and had published, the story of Flt. Lt. Archie McInnes – a Battle of Britain Hurricane pilot with No. 601 and 238 Squadrons in a book called ‘Against Adversity’. Having got to know Archie well in his latter years, and having heard his incredible story, I persuaded him to let me write it before it was lost to time. Thankfully we managed to get ‘Against Adversity’ published before Archie sadly passed away on the evening of his 100th Birthday.

In 2021 I hope to have my second book published, ‘Tomorrow May Never Come’, the story of 57 Squadron Lancaster pilot Flt Lt Stevie Stevens DFC AE*. Stevie was one of the last surviving Lancaster pilots and a local hero with a unique and amazing story. I had the wonderful opportunity to get to know Stevie and to capture his story before he sadly passed away in April 2020 aged 98. More details under the link as it develops.

JJYV8508I hope you enjoy the site and welcome and appreciate any feedback, comments or questions you have.

Lest We Forget

Thank you

Jonny

 


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