22/05/2024
Norwich, GB 13 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.

RALPH EHRMANN, aged 97

From being an RAF navigator, he rose to be Chairman of the toy company Airfix, using his experience to design models – and transformed the British toy market.

JANINE DE GREEF, aged 95

Along with all of her family she was a key member of the Comet Line, getting Allied airmen out of Belgium at great risk to herself.

HAROLD WALMSLEY, aged 98

A Second World War flying Ace, he flew many missions in his Spitfire and was shot down in Belgium. After escaping, he went on to have a distinguished RAF career.

BRENDA FISHER, aged 95

A secretary from Grimsby she broke the world record swimming the English Channel and became an overnight sensation, mixing with the stars.

TED OATES, aged 101

Growing up in Huddersfield he joined the TA and the Army and had a dramatic escape through Belgium and France andwas part of the evacuation of Dunkirk. His story became the basis of a film.

ERNIE HOLMES, aged 100

An RAF pilot at 19 he was a Pathfinder and was then shot down over Holland. A POW in a notorious camp he went on to fly in the Berlin Airlift, survive a terrible crash and reach his 100th birthday.

LEO BECKETT, aged 95

From being a political agent he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to his wife, who became a ground-breaking politician.

ROBIN FOY, aged 78

After experiencing strange phenomena in the RAF, he set up the Sole Experiment project to prove that there is life after death.

Michael Bourdeaux

MICHAEL BOURDEAUX, aged 87

Michael founded Keston College in Bromley which was dedicated to the spreading of reliable religious information in communist countries. He was awarded the Templeton Prize for his work.