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Steve 'Buster' Johnson - Author Bio

Visiting Tyalgum in my M3
Flying inverted in a Pitts Special

After completing an HND in Electronics at Southampton (UK) and a BA in Mathematics through the Open University (London) in the mid 'sixties and early 'seventies, I embarked on a forty year career in IT, corporate infrastructure project management, technical writing and educator in the stock exchange and futures market that took me to many countries, working for numerous organisations in both the public and private sector. I then decided to take 'time out' in order to fulfil a lifelong ambition of writing a factual novel about the Royal Flying Corps squadron in which my grandfather served during WW1.

A former recreational / sports pilot, skier and competitive rower, my hobbies now include tennis, cycling, graphic design and photography, though my lifelong passion has always been with cars and motorcycles. With three children and three grandchildren, I live with my wife in country New South Wales, Australia.

I have been a full-time writer since 2006 and my sixth book, Rising from the Flanders Mud is the true story of a WW1 despatch rider who served in Flanders before gaininig a commission and becoming an observer in the Royal Flying Corps. 

Contact Me

Since I set up my website I have helped many people find answers to questions about relatives who served in the Royal Air Force, mostly during WW1 but also during the inter-war years. Most of the men investigated were pilots or observers who flew with 6 Squadron. After more than fifteen years researching for my books, I have developed a knack of finding answers to questions in a matter of hours that someone new to the subject might take years of frustration in not producing a result. Sadly, not all of my answers were well received, as for three of the men, I proved conclusively that their claims to glory were nothing more than a 'flight of fancy'.


I was also impacted by such a claim. Though my grandfather never talked about the war, it was a family legend that he was a pilot in WW1 who flew a Sopwith Camel scout, whereas in truth he served in the Royal Flying Corps as a corporal wireless mechanic. This fact only came to light when I decided to write a book about him, 'For God, England & Ethel' and discovered that heroes come in many shapes and sizes as well as occuptations.

So, if you want help with questions that have remained unanswered for many years and are pragmatic about what might be discovered, please use the form below to contact me. 

Steve Buster Johnson

New South Wales   2484



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