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Pilot Officer Eric Raymond JOHNSON (108041) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

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Circumstances of Death: Lost in aircraft Sunderland II W6064
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Death of Death 1942-05-31 Age : 23 years.

Served in 105 Sqdn

Burial/Commemoration Details : II. H. 18. at Schoonselhof Cemetery, Belgium

More Details: SON OF JOSEPH AND MARTHA IDA JOHNSON, OF STOKE-ON-TRENT.

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London Gazette Mentions

NumberName /Text London Gazette Details
108041^64385 Eric Raymond JOHNSONLondon Gazette issue : 35358 , Dated 1941-11-25 , Download #35358

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Mosquito 105 RAF Sqn found !On this day 105 sqdn lost Mossie W4064 code letter C and crewed by P/O William D Kennard (101549) and P/O Eric R Johnson (108041). Hit by flak. Ten miles SW of Antwerp, at Bazel on the west bank of the Schelde river, they had tried to crash land but ultimately ditched. Both killed, their bodies were washed ashore and subsequently laid to rest in Antwerp's Schoonselhof cemetery. Details from Stuart Scott's "Mosquito thunder" Not sure if this detail fits with recovery of the wreckage mentioned i.e. this aircraft came down in water. Ian ....Read More.ian94avenge on 6th May 2012 06:58:24
Mosquito 105 RAF Sqn found !Found ! This is the one. Mosquito IV W4064, GB-? 105 Squadron. Op: Koln. 31-05-1942. Took-off at 0530hrs from Horsham St. Faith. Hit by flak and later crashed 0705hrs at Bazel, while trying to make an emergency landing on the west bank of the Schelde, 10 km South West from the centre of Antwerpen. Crew details. KENNARD, WILLIAM DERYCK Rank: Pilot Officer Trade: Pilot Service No: 101549 Date of Death: 31/05/1942 Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 105 Sqdn. Grave Reference II. H. 17. Cemetery. SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY JOHNSON, ERIC RAYMOND Rank: Pilot Officer Trade: Obs. Service No: 108041 Date of Death: 31/05/1942 Age:23 Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 105 Sqdn. Grave Reference II. H. 18. Cemetery. SCHOONSELHOF CEMETERY Additional Information: Son of Joseph and Martha Ida Johnson, of Stoke-on-Trent. Attached is a photo of sister aircraft on this raid that may be of interest. Mosquito B Mark IV Series 1, W4072, on the ground at the De Havilland Aircraft Company's aerodrome at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. W4072 served with No. 105 Squadron RAF as GB-D and flew on the first Mosquito bombing raid to Germany on 31 May 1942. ....Read More.Wings of Memory on 6th May 2012 03:16:47
Mosquito 105 RAF Sqn found ![QUOTE=ian94avenge;75918]On this day 105 sqdn lost Mossie W4064 code letter C and crewed by P/O William D Kennard (101549) and P/O Eric R Johnson (108041). Hit by flak. Ten miles SW of Antwerp, at Bazel on the west bank of the Schelde river, they had tried to crash land but ultimately ditched. Both killed, their bodies were washed ashore and subsequently laid to rest in Antwerp's Schoonselhof cemetery. Details from Stuart Scott's "Mosquito thunder" Not sure if this detail fits with recovery of the wreckage mentioned i.e. this aircraft came down in water. Ian[/QUOTE] I’ve just come across this forum/thread whilst trying to find info about my father’s war service. Flt/L Paul Addinsell. He was an RAFVR navigator, in 105, and with P/o John Paget, in Mosquito 4069, actually (finally) took the first photos of Cologne, after the 1,000 bomber raid. This was on June 2nd, 1942. Their giro compass had developed a massive fault, and his log book entry for the day reads; “Operation. Target ESSEN, bombed COLOGNE at 12:30 from 26,000’. 2x250, 2x 500 in town east of Rhine. Successful photographs” It was in fact their first mission over enemy territory (he had 290 hours on all types at this stage) 4069 was the plane they were shot down in...(Wilhelmshaven sub pens, 16th July) and they ended up in Stalag Luft 111. I note from his logbook that he also flew in 4065, 4066, 4070 & 4071 >>3rd June>>.I've just noticed that he also flew as w/t-observer, in this plane (4064) on April 18th, with Ft/Sgt Wilkinson<<<<<<< I still hope to find the photos that he took! (they got a telegram from Churchill saying “congratulations to the brave men who finally got the Cologne photographs”) I see from his log book that he flew with Kennard in Anson #9717 9th-14th March 1942 Simon Addinsell, son of [the late] Paul Addinsell ....Read More.Simon Addinsell on 3rd June 2013 11:14:49

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