The Airmen's Stories - P/O J W McKenzie
John Woffenden McKenzie of Johannesburg, South Africa was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School, Scotland. He entered the RAF College Cranwell on 1st January 1938 as a Flight Cadet.
He graduated on 30th September 1939 and the next day joined 263 Squadron, then reforming at Filton with Gladiators.
On 21st April 1940 the squadron flew to Prestwick and embarked on HMS Glorious for Norway. It flew off on the 25th and landed on Lake Lesjeskogen. McKenzie flew a defensive patrol along Romsdal Valley on the 26th, the squadron was withdrawn to Veblungsnes on the 27th and on the 28th was evacuated from Aandalsnes and then re-embarked for return to the UK.
McKenzie was posted to 111 Squadron at Wick on 10th May 1940. During a combat off Margate on 11th August he is believed to have been shot down by Me109's. His Hurricane, P3922, crashed into the sea and he was reported Missing.
He was 20 and is commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 9.
Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner