John C. Harding Simpson
Photos and written by John C. H. Simpson
I took part in two Murmansk Convoys in 1942-1943 as a FAA pilot in 824 squadron.
I received the Arctic Star, two Medals from the Russian Federation and the Atlantic Star.
My commanding officer commended me for courage and determination subsequent to the sinking of a U Boat in the region of Bear Island/Bjornaja/ 26° North of the Arctic Circle.
Later I joined the British Pacific Fleet aboard HMS Ruler bound for the surrender in Tokyo Bay.
Finally I was selected for training at RAF North Luffenham in preparation for the Korean war and flew the Vampire, the Spitfire MK 22 and the Meteor.
Photo: John after receiving the Arctic Star (aged 90)
Photo: 824 Squadron aboard HMS Striker, 1942/1943 (John is the only one wearing dark glasses top left corner)