The Airmen's Stories - P/O J M Ritchie
John Millar Ritchie was born on 19th May 1911 in Inverkip, Renfrewshire. He is recorded as entering Anderson's College Medical School in 1930 as a medical student.
He joined the RAFVR in April 1940 with a commission as a direct-entry Air Gunner. After completing his training he arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 14th June 1940 to convert to Defiants after which he joined 141 Squadron at Turnhouse on 8th July.
He was posted away on 30th August to be Gunnery Leader with 307 Squadron, then about to be formed at Kirton-in-Lindsey with Defiants as the first Polish night-fighter squadron.
His subsequent service is currently undocumented though it is known that he remained in the RAF postwar, retiring on 20th January 1959 as a Squadron Leader.
Ritchie died in 1996 in Greenock, Renfrewshire.