When John isn't crawling through mud or jumping into an ocean, he contributes to a number of publications on the subject of history, music and culture. He has written for VICE, Noisey, War History Online, Freemasonry Today and many more. Most notably John has contributed cover articles to Military History Monthly, a leading history magazine in the United Kingdom and a branch of Current Archaeology.

John is signed to literary agency The Science Factory, represented by Jeff Shreve. He is currently writing his debut book The Sea Is Never Still, covering the epic 18 month journey to locate and discover a lost Second World War landing craft in order to fulfill a promise to the last survivor.

 

Excerpt from 'The Friendly Invasion' Military History Monthly Issue 78 cover article:

'The bomb dropped on a Monday. It fell through the ceiling and exploded in the basement. The force blew the roof clean off. 

It was the butler’s job to alert the family to air-raids and escort them down into the basement, but Monday was his day off, and on that night in September 1940 the Agnews escaped certain death. 

Instead, the family stood and watched as their 300-year-old home burnt through the night, taking centuries of memories and much of their pride with it. The locals would pass down a legend: that the Luftwaffe had intended to bomb the nearby home of the Rothschilds, but fog had caused the Germans to go off-course, and it was that fog that had cost another wealthy family dearly. 

We may never know the true story, but one thing is certain: the clock tower is eternally halted at 1:10am, the very time the bomb went off. To this day, the shell of the house remains, bomb craters scar the landscape, and at the foot of the large, cracked patio-steps rest an ominous pile of flower bouquets. In the tiny English village of Rougham, on the outskirts of Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, you would expect such a catastrophic event to be its only major encounter with the violence of World War II, but 18 months after the bombings, in the wake of Pearl Harbour, the Yanks were coming.'

Below (right): High praise from 94th Bomb Group veteran Dick Howell. (Left) Front cover of John's piece covering the 94th Bomb Group's impact on the sleepy countryside village of Rougham. MHM78 was an American Bomber special written by both John and acclaimed aviation archaeologist Guy de la Bedoyere.

 

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