Johnny Johnson funeral service and memorial arrangements

The funeral service for Sqn Ldr G L (Johnny) Johnson MBE DFM took place yesterday, Monday 19 December, in Holy Trinity Church, Westbury-on-Trym. It was a private family service. Later this week, Johnny will be buried next to his late wife Gwyn in Torquay, where they had lived together for many years.

Wg Cdr Neill Atkins, station commander of RAF Scampton, lays a wreath outside the Second World War hangar at the station on Monday 19 December. [Pic: RAF]

The RAF marked the day of his funeral by laying wreathes at two separate locations, RAF Scampton, the airfield from which the Dams Raid took place in May 1943, and the Bomber Command memorial in Green Park, London, which commemorates the 55,000 men who lost their lives serving with the command between 1939 and 1945.

Air Vice Marshal Simon Edwards, Assistant Chief of the Air Staff (Strategy), lays a wreath at the Bomber Command Memorial in London on Monday 19 December. [Pic: RAF]

A date for a public memorial service will be announced in the New Year.

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10 thoughts on “Johnny Johnson funeral service and memorial arrangements

  1. Gruffydd December 20, 2022 / 2:09 pm

    It seems apt that RAF Scampton is closing in the same that we lose the last dam buster. God bless you Mr Johnson.

  2. Peter Turton December 20, 2022 / 2:28 pm

    Very sad seeing the last surviving Dambust depart. My personal interest is that my late uncle Ronald Turton was one of the standby pilots for the operation. Brave men all.

    Peter Turton
    Cape Town

  3. Alan Drew December 20, 2022 / 6:08 pm

    Sad to think this is the last of the herioic Dambusters – great to see the recognition with the wreaths. Thanks to Charles for sharing this information it is deeply appreciated. Thinking about the raid – I frequently- Imagine how it must have been!

  4. Maureen CGray December 20, 2022 / 7:24 pm

    So pleased that a wreath was laid at Scampton , like so many people I have the most wonderful memories of meeting Johnny & will never forget him or those brave young men who gave their all for us all, Rest in Peace Johnny , you have earned it.

  5. Sharon bodman December 20, 2022 / 10:22 pm

    Johnny Johnson, you were one of thr brave young men who, with your crew, flew missions, night and day, with skill, precision and luck on your side. You did this because you believed in a better Britain, defeating the enemy and earning promotion. You worked hard, diligently and labourasly, making Britain safe and respected. Your job is now done, you can stand down and rest, you have worked hard and made Britain safe. God bless you sir, your family are very, very proud of you, I salute you and may you rest in peace 🙏.

  6. Frank Matthews December 21, 2022 / 7:10 am

    R I P Johnny your service to our country both during the war and for the many years after have been an inspiration to us all. God Bless You

  7. Barbara Hodgkinson December 22, 2022 / 9:13 am

    I would like to receive information on how to contact Johnny’s family who have stayed several times in my small b&b. I have tried phoning his daughter several times without success. Thank you Barbara Hodgkinson 01526 353637

    • charlesfoster December 22, 2022 / 11:42 am

      Suggest you try sending a letter via the funeral directors: Co-Op Funeralcare, 20 High Street, Westbury-in-Trym, Bristol, BS9 3DU

  8. Nel Elliott January 2, 2023 / 1:42 am

    Rest in Peace Johnny your bravery integrity and spirit will always be cherished by us whom owe you and your fallen comrades so much for our freedom. It was a pleasure to meet you at the Dambuster memorial in Woodhall Spa in your centenary year and you helped my son before by partnering your support for the Scampton church RAF stain glass window appeal for which he filmed Johnny and RAF friends to raise important funds for the fabric of the church community and it’s memorial to the Dambuster’s legacy. Pure is the light that rains only from heaven.
    Après moi le déluge
    God bless you Johnny you are sadly missed.

  9. Kevin Gower January 8, 2023 / 7:03 pm

    i had the pleasure of meeting Mr Johnson at East Kirkby where just Jane the lancaster bomber is what a man so young during the dams raid god bless you rest in peace Mr Johnson and thank you

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