JOHNSON Air Vice-Marshal James Edgar, CB, CBE, DSO**, DFC*, Legion d'Honneur (France), Legion of Merit (USA), DFC (USA), Air Medal (USA), Order of Leopold (Belgium), Croix de Guerre (Belgium), DL. He joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve in 1939 as a Sergeant Pilot flying with 616 Squadron during the Battle of Britain. He served in 1941 with Douglas Bader who became his life-long friend. In the early months of 1943, he led his 144 Canadian Wing on more than 140 sorties over northwest Europe, often escorting Flying Fortresses of the Eighth Air Force. He scored a total of 38 victories, making him officially the top-scoring Allied fighter ace of the war in Europe.