Service number 41658.
John Booth entered the RAF on a short service commission in December 1938 and was sent to France in 1939 as a reconnaissance pilot with No. 59 Squadron which was equipped with the Bristol Blenheim. He was wounded in May 1940 and was hospitalized in England until August 1940. Discharged from the hospital, he served as a flying instructor until December 1940. In January 1941 he was sent to Canada to instruct over there. He served in Canada until March 1943.
In April 1943 he started on a second tour of operations with 51 OTU and 125, 151 and 239 Night Fighter Squadrons after which he after served with Bomber Command on night intruder operations, until October 1944.
He was subsequently restationed at Boscombe Down as a test pilot. He went to to test several aircraft until after the war. On June 5th 1958 he crashed whilst taking off in XD151, a Saunders-Roe SR.53, and was killed.
October 2nd, 1939: Acting Pilot Officer
December 28th, 1939: Pilot Officer
October 2nd, 1940: Flying Officer
October 2nd, 1941: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)
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