Johnny Red was written by Tom Tully and illustrated by Joe Colquhoun and John Cooper.
In his first appearance, he is a kitchen hand on a convoy ship in the Barents Sea. We flash back to him being dishonourably discharged from the Air Force immediately after his solo flight, due to an altercation with an officer. There is a rail-launch Hurricane on the ship. When the pilot is killed, Johnny Red takes flight. He is soon tangling with Stukas, then landing on a hidden Russian airstrip, where he meets the Falcons, a squadron of the Soviet Fifth Air Brigade.