25/02/2024
Norwich, GB 0 C
Researching and reporting on the lives of some really interesting people (RIP)

GEORGE ‘JOHNNY’ JOHNSON, aged 101

A bomb aimer during the war, he was assigned to the 617 Squadron – the Dambusters. He flew on their famous mission and was the last survivor of the group.

MURIEL ENGELMAN, aged 101

A nurse in the US Army, she worked in a field hospital experienced D-Day and The Battle of the Bulge and was often in great danger and had a Christmas nightmare

PETER TOWNEND, aged 98

From The Age of Steam, he was Shedmaster at King’s Cross station, looking after iconic trains – and oversaw the transition to diesel engines.

IVY JO HUNTER, aged 82

A talented musician, songwriter and producer from Detroit, he wrote one of pop music’s greatest songs before his career faded into obscurity.

JOSE EDUARDO dos SANTOS, aged 79

A committed Marxist he fought for Angolan independence. When this was achieved he became President and a dictator, making himself the richest man in Africa.

SIR BEN HELFGOTT, aged 93

After just surviving the Holocaust he came to Britain as one of the Windemere Children and went on to represent GB at two Olympic Games as a weightlifter.

JOHAAR MOSOVAL, aged 95

From a background of poverty he rose to become Principal Dancer at the Royal Ballet, overcoming Apartheid, racial and religious prejudice.

EDWARD SEXTON, aged 80

THE WIZARD OF THE SCISSORS Born into a poor family in Dagenham, his father William was a public health inspector and his mother, Isabelle Pitt, was a cleaner at the BBC. Edward was one of […]