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Plaque celebrating RAF war hero on display at Southend Airport

Plaque celebrating RAF war hero on display at Southend Airport

A PLAQUE commemorating an RAF pilot who died during the Battle of Britain is on display at Southend Airport

Flying Officer Johnny Allen, who was based at RAF Rochford, the airfield that became Southend Airport - was flying a Spitfire MK1 protecting a convoy in the Channel and Thames Estuary, on July 24 1940, when his engine was damaged in combat and he crashed into a substation,

The plaque, presented 54(R) Squadron from RAF Waddington54(R), is a reminder of the historical links between the squadron and the airport.

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