Johnnie Johnson Housing was founded by a highly decorated WWII RAF pilot

Air Vice Marshal James Edgar Johnson, nicknamed "Johnnie," was an honourable Royal Air Force pilot during the Second World War and founded Johnnie Johnson Housing in 1969. He worked as the Chief Executive until his retirement in 1989 and ever since then the organisation has remained committed to providing quality housing and services for older people and the Armed Forces.

FACT: Did you know, all our Independent Living homes and properties are named after RAF bases, famous pilots and planes.

To find out more about Johnnie’s wartime career please click here

Our commitment to the Armed Forces

GM AF pic To honour the organisation Johnnie Johnson founded and our heritage, we have made a promise to the existing military community to offer support to both serving and former members of the Armed Forces, together with their families.

In 2018, we showed our upmost support and commitment to the Armed Forces community by signing the Armed Forces Covenant. Later that year, we signed the Covenant again in the presence of Andy Burnham, Mayor for Greater Manchester, together with our Greater Manchester Housing Group partners.





Celebrating 50 years of Johnnie Johnson Housing at the former RAF Elvington in York

In 2019, we celebrated 50 years in business and to mark the occasion we invited our residents to join us at the Yorkshire Air Museum, which sits on the site of the former RAF Elvington – a fitting venue for a company whose founding father was a highly decorated WWII RAF veteran. Around 300 guests gathered inside one of the site’s vast aircraft hangars, which had been transformed into a fabulous event space with its own wartime aircraft memorabilia.