JOHNNY’S WAR

WORLD WAR TWO TYPHOON ACE

A MEMOIR WRITTEN BY THE RAF’S HIGHEST-SCORING TYPHOON ‘ACE’, THE LATE WG CDR JOHNNY BALDWIN, HAS JUST BEEN DISCOVERED BY HIS SON JAMES. HERE HE PRESENTS THE DOCUMENT AND COMMENTS ON HIS FATHER’S CAREER

Typhoon Mk.IB, DN360/ PR-A, Fg Off Johnny Baldwin, 609 Sq uadron, January 1943. Baldwin was flying this aircraft when he intercepted Bf109s of 6./JG 26, returning from escorting Fw 190 ‘Jabos’ to southeast London. He shot down three Messerschmitts in the sortie. CHRIS THOMAS

Wg Cdr Johnny Baldwin, 146 Wing (with hand on map) ‘debriefs’ 193 Squadron pilots for the benefit of the press, following that unit’s claim to have destroyed Gen Feldm Erwin Rommel’s staff car, seriously injuring the famous occupant, on July 17, 1944. The aircrew were convinced they had been responsible for Rommel’s death and referred to themselves as ‘The Rommel Killers’ for the rest of the war. Post war, it was learnt that Rommel had committed suicide under duress, and the attack on his staff car was credited to 602 Squadron (in the RAF’s Official History). Since then there have been further claimants, with 412 Squadron RCAF Spitfire pilot Charley Fox’s suggested attack given the most credence.

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