John was born on July 31, 1923 at Enfield, England. He enlisted in the RAF in August of 1941.He did his ITW at Aberstwyth; navigation, bombing and gunnery training was done in South Africa. He received his Observer wing in South Africa in September, 1942.
He returned to England and completed his Operational Training at Honeybourne; HCU at Marston Moor. He was posted to #158 Squadron in 4 Group on Halifaxes. He also served on #267 Squadron in Italy, Burma and Malay and #353 Squadron in India.
South Africa - 1942