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Air Vice Marshal Sandy Johnstone CB DFC AE DL (deceased)

Early in 1938, Johnstone was a civilian navigation instructor at Scottish Aviation, moving later to the Civil Air Navigation School at Prestwick. In August 1939 he was called to full-time service with 602 Squadron. After some Spitfire engagements off the Scottish coast, he received command of 602 - he was still only 24 - and led it south to the tiny airfield at West Hampnett, in West Sussex, where it was stationed throughout the Battle of Britain. Sandy was in command of no. 602 squadron during the critical days of the Battle of Britain, flying with the squadron before the war though to 1941, when he was posted to the Middle east, he also served with 229 and 249 squadrons in Malta during the Islands most fateful days of the war. Sandy became a successful author and resided near Ipswich in Suffolk. Sandy Johnstone died 13th December 2000, aged 84.

Citation for the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross :

Acting Squadron Leader Alexander Vallance Riddell JOHNSTONE (90163), Auxiliary Air Force.

This officer has proved himself to be a leader of ability and determination and has been mainly responsible for the high standard of morale in his squadron. He has destroyed four enemy aircraft of which one was shot down at night.

(London Gazette – 1 October 1940)




Sandy Johnstone discusses a painting with artist Anthony Saunders.


Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished
Flying Cross

Items Signed by Air Vice Marshal Sandy Johnstone CB DFC AE DL (deceased)

 Portsmouth August 26th 1940, the lone spitfire of Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone breaks the ranks and picks off one of the menacing Heinkels only to encounter an equally determined attack from a BF109. <br><br>We were brought to readiness in the mi......
Gauntlet by Anthony Saunders.
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Portsmouth August 26th 1940, the lone spitfire of Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone breaks the ranks and picks off one of the menacing Heinkels only to encounter an equally determined attack from a BF109.

We were brought to readiness in the mi......

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 Portsmouth August 26th 1940, the lone spitfire of Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone breaks the ranks and picks off one of the menacing Heinkels only to encounter an equally determined attack from a BF109. <br><br>We were brought to readiness in the mi......
Gauntlet by Anthony Saunders. (B)
Price : £130.00
Portsmouth August 26th 1940, the lone spitfire of Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone breaks the ranks and picks off one of the menacing Heinkels only to encounter an equally determined attack from a BF109.

We were brought to readiness in the mi......

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 A classic head-to-head combat between Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone in his Spitfire and an Me109 over the south coast of England on 25th August, 1940. With 602 Squadron scrambled to intercept an approaching raid. The Commanding Officer notches up ......
Head to Head by Nicolas Trudgian
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A classic head-to-head combat between Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone in his Spitfire and an Me109 over the south coast of England on 25th August, 1940. With 602 Squadron scrambled to intercept an approaching raid. The Commanding Officer notches up ......

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 A classic head-to-head combat between Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone in his Spitfire and an Me109 over the south coast of England on 25th August, 1940. With 602 Squadron scrambled to intercept an approaching raid. The Commanding Officer notches up ......
Head to Head by Nicolas Trudgian (AP)
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 A classic head-to-head combat between Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone in his Spitfire and an Me109 over the south coast of England on 25th August, 1940. With 602 Squadron scrambled to intercept an approaching raid. The Commanding Officer notches up ......
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A classic head-to-head combat between Squadron Leader Sandy Johnstone in his Spitfire and an Me109 over the south coast of England on 25th August, 1940. With 602 Squadron scrambled to intercept an approaching raid. The Commanding Officer notches up ......

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 All through the long hot summer of 1940 they crossed the Channel from stolen bases in northern France, coming in mighty swarms to deliver their deadly cargo.  Bombers and dive-bombers, single-seat fighters and fast twin-engined attack aircraft, thei......Fight for the Sky by Robert Taylor. (B)
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Four WW2 Fighter Prints
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Homeward Bound by Anthony Saunders.
Gauntlet by Anthony Saunders.
High Summer by Anthony Saunders.
Maltese Falcons by Anthony Saunders.

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Four WW2 aircraft prints.
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High Summer by Anthony Saunders. (AP)
Lancaster Dawn by Anthony Saunders. (D)
Homeward Bound by Anthony Saunders. (AP)
Head to Head by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)

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Trade Pack 626. Pack of Spitfire aircraft prints.
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Pack 626. Pack of Spitfire WW2 aviation prints. Spitfire prints, bonus golf course prints and cataogues. ......

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Freedom Fighters by Simon Smith.
Spitfire by Barrie Clark.
Beware of the Lion by Geoff Lea.
Spitfire Tally-Ho by Geoff Lea.
Gauntlet by Anthony Saunders.
Combat Over Beachy Head by Nicolas Trudgian.
Kings Course, Gleneagles by Fraser Shaw
St. Andrews View From the 17th by Fraser Shaw
The Postage Stamp, Royal Troon by Fraser Shaw
Turnberry Golf Course by Fraser Shaw
Cranston Fine Arts Military Art Catalogue (Volume 7)
Cranston Fine Arts Military Art Catalogue (Volume 8)
Cranston Fine Arts David Pentland Catalogue (Volume 9)

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Trudgian Spitfire Print Pack.
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Head to Head by Nicolas Trudgian
Combat Over Beachy Head by Nicolas Trudgian.
Normandy Fighter Sweep by Nicolas Trudgian.
Victory Over Gold by Nicolas Trudgian.

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Nicolas Trudgian Trade Price Spitfire Pack.
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Their Finest Hour by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
September Victory by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Victory Over the Rhine by Nicolas Trudgian.
Operation Bodenplatte by Nicolas Trudgian.
Head to Head by Nicolas Trudgian
Combat Over Beachy Head by Nicolas Trudgian.
Normandy Fighter Sweep by Nicolas Trudgian.
Victory Over Gold by Nicolas Trudgian.
Where Thoroughbreds Play by Ivan Berryman.

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Pack 782. Pack of two German Battle of Britain aircraft prints by Anthony Saunders.
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Homeward Bound by Anthony Saunders.
Gauntlet by Anthony Saunders.
Unsung Hero by Adrian Rigby.

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Battle of Britain Aviation Prints.
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Aviation Print Pack. ......

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Most Memorable Day by Robert Taylor.
Gauntlet by Anthony Saunders.
Unsung Hero by Adrian Rigby.

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Battle of Britain Spitfire Prints.
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Total Commitment by Ivan Berryman.
Gauntlet by Anthony Saunders.
Unsung Hero by Adrian Rigby.

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Battle of Britain Prints by Nicolas Trudgian.
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Head to Head by Nicolas Trudgian
Combat Over Beachy Head by Nicolas Trudgian.
Where Thoroughbreds Play by Ivan Berryman.

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Pack 430. Pack of two German Heinkel He111 aircraft prints by Anthony Saunders and Robert Taylor.
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Gauntlet by Anthony Saunders.
Fury of Assault by Robert Taylor.

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Pack 573. Pack of two WW2 Spitfire combat prints by Nicolas Trudgian and Robert Taylor.
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Head to Head by Nicolas Trudgian
Ramrod by Robert Taylor (B)

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Pack 785. Pack of two Battle of Britain prints by Anthony Saunders and Nicolas Trudgian.
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Homeward Bound by Anthony Saunders. (AP)
Head to Head by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)

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WW2 Aviation Print Pack by Anthony Saunders and Stephen Brown.
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Blenheims Over Norfolk by Stephen Brown.
Gauntlet by Anthony Saunders.

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Air Vice Marshal Sandy Johnstone CB DFC AE DL (deceased)

Squadrons for : Air Vice Marshal Sandy Johnstone CB DFC AE DL (deceased)
A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by Air Vice Marshal Sandy Johnstone CB DFC AE DL (deceased). A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.
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No.229 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 20th August 1918
Fate : Disbanded 10th January 1945

Be bold

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No.229 Sqn RAF

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No.249 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 18th August 1918
Fate : Disbanded 24th February 1969
Gold Coast

Pugnis et cacibus - With fist and heels

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No.249 Sqn RAF

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No.602 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 12th September 1925
Fate : Disbanded 10th March 1957
City of Glasgow (Auxiliary)

Cave leonem cruciatum - Beware the tormented lion

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No.602 Sqn RAF

We have been informed by pilot Ian Blair about one of the aircraft of this squadron : The Spitfire MkVII had the Squadron markings of 312 Sqdn (DU-G) but the aircraft was on the strength of 602 Sqn. and was inherited by 602 Sqn from the Station Flight at Skae Bray, after 312 Sqn had left the area. The time span did not permit the ground personnel sufficient time to paint new letters on the aircraft. This fact has led to the incorrect assumption that I, the pilot of the aircraft, was a member of 312 Sqn.

No.616 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 1st November 1938
Fate : Disbanded 10th March 1957
South Yorkshire (Auxiliary)

Nulla rosa sine spina - No rose without thorns

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No.616 Sqn RAF

616 squadron was formed at Doncaster on 1st November 1938 as the last of the Auxiliary Squadrons. Formed initially as a bomber squadron equipped with Hawker Hinds, it was re-equipped with Gloster Gauntlets in June 1939 and transferred to Fighter Command. The squadrons first Spitfires arrived in late October. 616 first saw action and claimed its first victories whilst covering the evacuation from Dunkirk in May 1940. Returning to Yorkshire, the squadron claimed further enemy victims with 15th August standing out as a memorable day. 616 intercepted a large force of unescorted German bombers off the Yorkshire coast and claimed eight enemy aircraft destroyed. They moved to Kenley to join 11 Group at the height of the Battle of Britain, and destroyed 15 aircraft and claimed a further 15 as probables or damaged. During February 1941, 616 joined the Tangmere Wing led by Wg Cdr Douglas Bader. Flying Spitfire II fighters, they flew circus and ramrod sweeps over Northern France, and re-equipped with Spitfires Vb during July 1941. For the next two years 616 continued as a front line fighter squadron and was heavily engaged during the Dieppe expedition and later flying beach-head patrols on D-Day. In July 1944, 616 re-equipped with Gloster Meteor jet fighter thus becoming the first and only Allied squadron to operate jet aircraft in World War II. The squadron destroyed a number of V1 flying bombs whilst operating from Manston before joining the 2nd Tactical Air Force. In January 1945, 616 moved to the continent and operated in the ground attack role before being disbanded at Lubeck on 29th August. The squadron was re-formed at Finningley on 31st July 1946 equipped with Mosquito NF XXX night fighters which were replaced with Meteor F 3 day fighters a few months later. 616 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Air Force was finally disbanded at RAF Worksop on 10th March 1957 whilst equipped with Meteor F8 aircraft.

No.617 Sqn RAF

Country : UK
Founded : 23rd March 1943

Apres mois, le deluge - After me, the flood

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No.617 Sqn RAF

Crews of the 617 Sqn Dambusters Aircraft:

Crew of M for Mother :
Pilot : Flt Lt J V Hopgood
Flight Engineer : Sgt C Brennan
Navigator : Flg Off K Earnshaw
Wireless Operator : Sgt J W Minchin
Bomb Aimer : Sgt J W Fraser (survived)
Front Gunner : Plt Off G H F G Gregory
Rear Gunner : Plt Off A F Burcher (survived)

Crew of T for Tommy :

Pilot : Flt Lt J C McCarthy
Flight Engineer : Sgt W G Radcliffe
Navigator : Flt Sgt D A MacLean
Wireless Operator : Flt Sgt L Eaton
Bomb Aimer : Sgt G L Johnson
Front Gunner : Sgt R Batson
Rear Gunner : Flg Off D Rodger.

Crew of A for Apple :

Pilot : Sqn Ldr H M Young
Flight Engineer : Sgt D T Horsfall
Navigator : Flt Sgt D W Roberts
Wireless Operator : Sgt L W Nichols
Bomb Aimer : Flg Off V S MacCausland
Front Gunner : Sgt G A Yeo
Rear Gunner : Sgt W Ibbotson.

Crew of P for Popsie :

Pilot : Flt Lt H B Martin
Flight Engineer : Plt Off I Whittaker
Navigator : Flt Lt J F Leggo
Wireless Operator : Flg Off L Chambers
Bomb Aimer : Flt Lt R C Hay
Front Gunner : Plt Off B T Foxlee
Rear Gunner : Flt Sgt T D Simpson.

Crew of G for George :

Pilot : Wing Cdr G P Gibson
Flight Engineer : Sgt J Pulford
Navigator : Plt Off H T Taerum
Wireless Operator : Flt Lt R E G Hutchison
Bomb Aimer : Plt Off F M Spafford
Front Gunner : Flt Sgt G A Deering
Rear Gunner : Flt Lt R D Trevor-Roper.

Crew of L for Leather :

Pilot : Flt Lt D J Shannon
Flight Engineer : Sgt R J Henderson
Navigator : Flg Off D R Walker
Wireless Operator : Flg Off B Goodale
Bomb Aimer : Flt Sgt L J Sumpter
Front Gunner : Sgt B Jagger
Rear Gunner : Flg Off J Buckley.

Crew of N for Nan :

Pilot : Plt Off L J Knight
Flight Engineer : Sgt R E Grayston
Navigator : Flg Off H S Hobday
Wireless Operator : Flt Sgt R G T Kellow
Bomb Aimer : Flg Off E C Johnson
Front Gunner : Sgt F E Sutherland
Rear Gunner : Sgt H E O'Brien.

Aircraft for : Air Vice Marshal Sandy Johnstone CB DFC AE DL (deceased)
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Spitfire



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Manufacturer : Supermarine
Production Began : 1936
Retired : 1948
Number Built : 20351

Spitfire

Royal Air Force fighter aircraft, maximum speed for mark I Supermarine Spitfire, 362mph up to The Seafire 47 with a top speed of 452mph. maximum ceiling for Mk I 34,000feet up to 44,500 for the mark XIV. Maximum range for MK I 575 miles . up to 1475 miles for the Seafire 47. Armament for the various Marks of Spitfire. for MK I, and II . eight fixed .303 browning Machine guns, for MKs V-IX and XVI two 20mm Hispano cannons and four .303 browning machine guns. and on later Marks, six to eight Rockets under the wings or a maximum bomb load of 1,000 lbs. Designed by R J Mitchell, The proto type Spitfire first flew on the 5th March 1936. and entered service with the Royal Air Force in August 1938, with 19 squadron based and RAF Duxford. by the outbreak of World war two, there were twelve squadrons with a total of 187 spitfires, with another 83 in store. Between 1939 and 1945, a large variety of modifications and developments produced a variety of MK,s from I to XVI. The mark II came into service in late 1940, and in March 1941, the Mk,V came into service. To counter the Improvements in fighters of the Luftwaffe especially the FW190, the MK,XII was introduced with its Griffin engine. The Fleet Air Arm used the Mk,I and II and were named Seafires. By the end of production in 1948 a total of 20,351 spitfires had been made and 2408 Seafires. The most produced variant was the Spitfire Mark V, with a total of 6479 spitfires produced. The Royal Air Force kept Spitfires in front line use until April 1954.

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