A.F.M. Gazetted 1 Jan 1958. John William Holley Murdin was born in Bedford, Bedfordshire on 29 Feb 1924 and enlisted with the R.A.F. in 1941, beginning operational flying in June 1944, completing 31 operations with 622 Sqn. before being posted to the Far East until July 1947, when he was posted to 230 O.C.U. at R.A.F. Wymeswold. Following wartime reductions, Murdin reverted to Navigator II and served as a Navigator with the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough and at their research site at R.A.F. Thurleigh, promoted to Pilot Officer and then commissioned into the General Duties Branch 12 Nov 1957. Murdin then joined the Blind Landing Experimental Unit (BLEU) who were awarded the Cumberbatch Trophy by the Duke of Edinburgh for outstanding contribution to air safety in 1963.
British Pathe News filmed Murdin navigating a BLEU landing of a Varsity in 1965, which can be viewed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qkr6j7Ln8dg
Following his work with BLEU, Murdin was one of the 5 R.A.F. airmen selected to join the Oklahoma Thunderstorm Project with the U.S. Air Force's Aeronautical Systems Division Flight Test Organisation. Commander of USAF Aeronautical Systems Division, Major General Charles H. Terhune Jr., presented a plaque to the Royal Aircraft Establishment on completion of the project, which had Murdin's name inscribed on it. Murdin latterly worked at the Experimental Flying Department at R.A.E. Farnborough and promoted to Flying Officer in 1960 and Flight Lieutenant in 1963, retiring with his wife Murdin, Mayor of Higham, on 2 July 1973 and dying suddenly on 4 Feb 1988.