Database :: Commonwealth Air Forces War Dead :: Individual Casualty Page

This page commemorates

Flight Sergeant Raymond JOHNSON (941850) of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Lost in aircraft Whitley V BD272  IBCC

Death of Death 1943-01-06 .

Served in 10 OTU

Burial/Commemoration Details : Panel 137. at Runnymede Memorial, United Kingdom


Search Google for R JOHNSON

View Commonwealth War Graves Commission : R JOHNSON

Scroll down to view more information from other sources

National Archives AIR81

Citation AIR81 Casualty File Description Link
AIR81/1903Pilot Officer R B Vaux, Pilot Officer H B Hunter: killed; Pilot Officer P R Johnson: died of wounds; aircraft accident, Whitley K8960, 166 Squadron, 12 March 1940.C16471175
AIR81/2440Pilot Officer R Johnson, Flight Lieutenant R B Smith, Sergeant H L Cox, Corporal K Coxon: injured; aircraft accident, Juhu, Bombay, Blenheim L8539, 60 Squadron, 22 July 1940.C16471698
AIR81/4378Pilot Officer W W Russell: injured; Pilot Officer R Johnson: uninjured; aircraft accident, Wapiti K2304, 626 Flight, Indian Air Force, 27 November 1940.C16688476
AIR81/9805Leading Aircraftsman H R Johnson: killed; aircraft accident at Chetwynd landing ground, Shropshire, Master W8569, 4 Service Flying Training School, 23 October 1941.C16998052
AIR81/9975Pilot Officer N F McLean, Sergeant J Flannigan, Sergeant F C Brooks (RCAF), Sergeant J R Johnson (RCAF), Sergeant C E Wood, Sergeant J Maycock, Sergeant C S O'Brien: missing believed killed; aircraft failed to return from an operational flight over Dunkirk, Halifax L9602, 76 Squadron, 31 October 1941.C16998222

Aircraft Accident / Loss Entry

Date of Crash 1941-01-01 06 Jan 43 06 Jan 43 Aircraft Name Whitley V Serial Number BD272
Unit 10 (C) OTU Operating Airfield Country United Kingdom
Aircrew details
Source Coastal Command and Fleet Air Arm Losses Forum Henk Welting's Database

Other Aircrew lost in Whitley V BD272

Rank Name, Number, Trade & Details DateUnit Country Cemetary/Memorial & Loc Ref
Flying OfficerTom FRANKS (62319) Whitley V BD272  IBCC 1943-01-0610 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flying OfficerHenry Jack GODFREY (46212) Whitley V BD272  IBCC 1943-01-0610 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantRaymond JOHNSON (941850) Whitley V BD272  IBCC 1943-01-0610 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
Flight SergeantHerbert WATTS (967613) Whitley V BD272  IBCC 1943-01-0610 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial
SergeantRichard Stanley WILLIAMS (657974) Whitley V BD272  IBCC 1943-01-0610 OTU United KingdomRunnymede Memorial

Related Posts in RAF Commands Forum

ThreadPost TextAuthor
RAF Personnel in USAAF LossesI think it's time that Mr Johnson reacts to all our responses. Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 17th May 2008 07:40:00
RAF Personnel in USAAF Losses[QUOTE=Henk Welting;9436]I think it's time that Mr Johnson reacts to all our responses. Henk.[/QUOTE] Give him a break. More than likely he won't be back at work until Monday to check on his post! ....Read More.David Layne on 17th May 2008 10:10:41
Lancaster I PD259 JO-P 463 SquadronSadly I can confirm that the "True Tales" section of Peter Johnson's excellent site seems to be infected, so access that part with caution. The rest of the site appears to be ok. I also posted this on WW2 Chat: This is an extract from the Australian Roll of Honour website: 463 SQUADRON RAAF WORLD WAR 2 FATALITIES Date of Death: 31 August 1944. Source: AWM 64 1/342 (3), 1/343 AWM 237 (63) (64) NAA : A705, 166/5/687 Aircraft Type: Lancaster Serial number: PD 259 Radio call sign: JO - Unit: 463 Sqn RAAF Summary: Lancaster PD259 took off from RAF Waddington on 31st August 1944 to carry out a night non-operational cross-country flight. The aircraft crashed at 2315 hours in the Monadhliath mountains about 10 miles north of Kingussie, Inverness Shire, Scotland, and all the crew were killed. Crew: RAAF 418717 FO Beddoe, R H Captain (Pilot) RAAF 428834 Flt Sgt F M Walker (Navigator) RAAF 418473 Flt Sgt D H Ryan, (Bomb Aimer) RAAF 425617 Flt Sgt T R Dent, (Wireless Operator Air Gunner) RAF WO G H Middleton, (Flight Engineer) RAAF 436790 Flt Sgt S A Abbott (Mid Upper Gunner) RAAF 436579 Flt Sgt B M Glover (Rear Gunner) On RAAF casualty file A705, 166/5/687 held by Archives the following details are recorded in the Court of Inquiry into the accident : A Meteorology report of conditions in the area at the time of the accident stated “Fairly frequent showers in the north of Scotland at the time of the accident. Cumulus and Cumulonimbus clouds extensive to 20,000 feet locally with some reaching to 25,000 feet. Cloud base was locally below 1000 feet in showers and would be covering hilltops. Visibility under cloud in the` area was from 15/30 miles. Temps –30degC to –44degC at 20,000 feet and 25,000 feet respectively. These are far too low for icing to be expected if aircraft was flying at briefed height of 25,000 feet. It was also recorded that the crew had a sound training record and that since at this unit the pilot had done 10 hours as second pilot at night and a four hours daylight exercise with his crew. The briefed height was 25,000 feet and the pilot understood the met. situation. Despatch of training flight was considered justified as a bright moon and icing risk negligible at briefed height.” I was in the room in RAF Waddington only 2 or 3 weeks ago where the prop and other remains are. One part, an injector if I remember correctly, is in such good condition that my RAF companion said he thought the BBMF could be interested in it as a spare for their Lanc! Best wishes Max The A705 Casualty Report is available online, pages 38 and 39 make particularly interesting reading. It suggests pilot error and inexperience as the primary cause. ....Read More.Galgos on 31st August 2008 08:15:56
15th May 1941 MysteryIn a post on this site, Henk has asked about some unaccounted Airman on 15th May 1941 there is a reply from Alan Clarke that says " "5 FTS ORB May 14th 1941, “758256 Sgt u/t Pilot G. Morris, 993683 LAC J.B. Nicholson and 937443 LAC D. Layton were fatally injured in a flying accident" We now know, thanks to Tom Thorne there was at least 2 separate accidents Morris in N7779 and Layton in N7927 (not one flying accident) - But 993683 LAC J.B. Nicholson is a mystery. There is no one by that name on the CWGC for the date or the day before or after. And Tom Thorne adds "The interesting thing regarding Johnson is that he is listed on a nominal roll and appears on a course photo. " Nicholson is now Johnson.. This may be typo - But I was wondering if there is a J B Nicholson or Johnson listed for Shropshire in the death register for Q2 1941? I feel that there is too much detail on 993683 LAC J.B. Nicholson (the fact we have a service number) or Johnson for this to be a be a mistake in the Orb Thanks Paul ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 26th September 2008 04:24:30
A C S Innes, 2SFTS, 1940/41Name: DEAR, MICHAEL FRANCIS Initials: M F Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Flying Officer (Pilot) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Unit Text: 120 Sqdn. Age: 20 Date of Death: 21/08/1942 Service No: 63107 Additional information: Son of Reginald Edward Beckly Dear and Lilian Mabel Dear, of Weybridge, Surrey. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 1. Cemetery: LIVERPOOL (ANFIELD) CREMATORIUM ######################### Hawken survived the war and was still in the RAF in 1958 at least ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE Flight Lieutenants, retaining their rank : R. H. HAWKEN (63108). 26th July 1958. He was awarded Air Ministry, qth December, 1945. The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards: — Distinguished Flying Cross Raymond Harry HAWKEN (63108), R.A.F.V.R., 692 Sqn. there is no citation however. Born 1913, died 1989, fairly certain of this, the name is not very common. He flew as a passenger to New York three times in 1956 with BOAC! That said, a 30 year old Raymond Hawken and his wife sailed into britain in 1952, making him born around 1922 and that man was searving RAF man per the shipping manifest. Birth records show there were a Raymond H Hawkens born in both 1913 and 1922. ################################## Name: HODGKISON, DOUGLAS HENRY Initials: D H Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Pilot Officer Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve Age: 26 Date of Death: 30/09/1941 Service No: 63109 Additional information: Son of Frederick Harold and Ethel Maude Hodgkison, of Enfield, Middlesex, England. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Plan M. Block 18. Grave 1. Cemetery: NORTH BATTLEFORD CEMETERY ######################### Nothing found on CWGC for Johnson so I take it he survived. His name S P L Johnson is on the old phone books in Edinburgh up to 1982. And he may have been a Vet as far back as 1952. He may have passed away in 1997 but family must still live at the same address per the new phone book. ....Read More.dennis_burke on 4th April 2009 02:02:53
420214 - Unaccounted airman - 14-2-1942 (Far East)Thanks Col. A/c Serial for ROBINSON AE592; is also serial listed for JOHNSON ? Hudsons lost in Malaya January 1942: AE530, AE551, AE592, AE604 and AE607. Regards, Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 14th April 2009 12:27:44
420318 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 18-3-1942What were the places of death registration for: A - Died on active service: AC2 Alexander L. HEPBURN - 1499715 - age 40 - 48 Sqn (Wick, Caithness); Sgt (WAAF) Eleanor JOHNSON - 891600 - 940 (Balloon) Sqn (Rotherham); LAC Frank MANDERS - 920032 - age 30 - 911 (Balloon) sqn (Sutton Coldfield), and AC2 James ROBERTS - 1505939. B - Killed on active service: Sgt (WOp/Ag) Rowland J. RANDALL - 1264486, and P/O (Pilot) James McN. STRACHAN - 108826. C - Also looking for what caused the death of: P/O (Pilot) William L. CLARK - 110592, listed in Flight as missing, however buried UK.1732 (North Wingfield [St.Lawrence] Churchyard, Derbyshire). D - Proposed aicraft loss: Whitley V - P5052 - 3 (C)OTU - crashed on approach Cranwell, Lincolnshire (already as a casualty on this aircraft: Sgt D.J.S. BALFOUR - 1060332). Regards and thanks for your help. Henk. ....Read More.Henk Welting on 23rd May 2009 12:41:02
420318 - Unaccounted airwoman and airmen - 18-3-1942Hi Henk Eleanor Johnson,22, registered at Sheffield, W Yorkshire.It could be the right area for her Balloon Sqn, Rotherham is close and has exchanged districts with Sheffield for registration purposes Manders,27, registered at Sutton Coldfield,now part of Birmingham and right for his unit Balfour,19, (already on your list) ,Randall,21, and Strachan,23, are all registered at Sleaford, Lincolnshire which would be right for Cranwell and would seem to confirm Ross' information Hepburn is not on the register but you have him on a Scottish based Sqn and he is buried at Ayr on the W Coast,although that is a long way from Wick. His wife's name appears Scots and he may have been taken home for burial I haven't found a clear indication for Roberts. Cwgc has him as John James Roberts and that name is not on the register. The nearest I found was a James Roberts,38(Cwgc has him as 36) registered at Pancras in Central London I found a William L Clark in the 2nd Qtr of 1942 registered at Stafford but the age given was 42 and that is much older than "your" Clark Regards Dick ....Read More.Dick on 23rd May 2009 02:11:57
Halifax crash near Pocklington, Yorkshire 1941Me again,Norman, F/Sgt James Flannigan was involved in one other incident before his death on 31 October, 1941. 13/14 Sep 1941 No.76 Sqn. Halifax I L9567 MP- Op: Brest. Took off 0142 Middleton St. George. Crashed 0255 near the River Ouse at Water End, Renhold, 3 miles NE of Bedford, One airman is reported to have injured his ankle as he landed by parachute. P/O R E Hutchin + Sgt Wood Sgt Crowe Sgt Browne F/S J Flannigan Sgt Littlehales Sgt Wallace See: BCL2/145. and... 31 Oct-1 Nov 1941 No.76 Sqn. Hakifax I L9602 MP-N Op: Dunkerque Took off 1917 Middleton St. George. Lost without trace. All are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. Prior to his death, F/S Flannigan had twice parachuted to safety. F/S C S O'Brien RCAF + P/O N F McLean RNZAF + Sgt C W Wood +* Sgt J R Johnson RCAF + F/S J Flannigan + P/O F C Brooks RCAF + Sgt J Mycock + * Vol.2 - amendments and additions. 1941/170 76/L9602 Sgt C E Wood. See: See: BCL2/170 Col. ....Read More.COL BRUGGY on 4th October 2009 10:38:09
Three 245 Sqn losses 13/04/1941Looking for the details leading to the loss of the following three airmen of 245 Sqn, could the three losses be attributed to one incident? Any help would be appreciated. Regards Peter Name: KITSON, THOMAS ROY Initials: T R Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Flight Lieutenant (Pilot) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Unit Text: 245 Sqdn. Date of Death: 13/04/1941 Service No: 41934 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 3. Cemetery: BLACKPOOL (CARLETON) CREMATORIUM, POULTON-LE-FYLDE Name: MacEWEN, KENNETH ALEXANDER KESWICK Initials: K A K Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Squadron Leader (Obs.) Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Unit Text: 245 Sqdn. Date of Death: 13/04/1941 Service No: 05155 Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Plot B. Grave 169. Cemetery: NEW ABBEY BURIAL GROUND Name: JOHNSON, ROBERT WILFRED (BOB) Initials: R W Nationality: United Kingdom Rank: Warrant Officer Regiment/Service: Royal Air Force Unit Text: 245 Sqdn. Age: 36 Date of Death: 13/04/1941 Service No: 335827 Additional information: Son of Robert and Frances Sinclair Johnson; husband of Eva Johnson, of Chester. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Sec. D. Nonconformist. Grave 724. Cemetery: LYTHAM ST. ANNE'S (PARK) CEMETERY ....Read More.peter on 6th December 2009 06:45:57
For Errol Martin: Stirling EF215, 75 Sqn, 4/5 Mar 44Errol, On rafcommands forum on 18 March 2007, you wrote: "Loss of Stirling EF215/M, 75 Sqn, 4/5 Mar 44" Since publication of the entry below in the second vol of my trilogy 'For Your Tomorrow' it has been suggested to me that this aircraft crashed on the 1250 metre high Puy Mandon. Can anyone confirm this, please, and also clarify exactly where Puy Mandon is located (have checked some websites but what little there is there seems to relate mostly to daring souls chucking themselves off the top in hang gliders). Many thanks in advance for any assistance offered. Errol "Sat 4/Sun 5 Mar 1944 BOMBER COMMAND SOE operations to various drop zones (by 76 aircraft - 3 lost) 75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF (Mepal, Cambridgeshire - 3 Group) Stirling III EF215/M - took off at 2051 on SOE Operation TRAINER 124, to drop supplies in the Puy-de-Dôme west of Clermont-Ferrand, and flew into a mountain side near Rochefort-Montagne, 25km WSW of Clermont-Ferrand. Taken into custody by the French Police and later made a prisoner of the Germans, the RAF mid-upper gunner was knocked unconscious in the crash but otherwise unhurt. He awoke to find himself the sole survivor. His six comrades are buried at Clermont-Ferrand. The Squadron had dispatched 14 of its aircraft that night, but dense low cloud down to 500 feet, coupled with ground haze, prevented all but four making their drops. Captain: NZ404978 Sqn Ldr Raymond Johnson WATSON, DFC, RNZAF - Age 27. 967hrs. 43rd op(?) Navigator: NZ421713 Fg Off Hugh William HENDERSON, RNZAF - Age 24. 382hrs. 9th or 10th op. Wireless Op: NZ421977 Plt Off Arthur Stanley JONES, RNZAF - Age 28. 289hrs. 13th op. Rear Gunner: NZ42349 Flt Sgt Robert James Ian MELVILLE, RNZAF - Age 26. Watson, lost on his 8th op with the Squadron, had previously completed a tour in the Middle East with 162 Sqn, RAF." Note: the non-New Zealanders were: Sgt C Beech (+) Flt Sgt R M Woods (+) Sgt C B Armstrong (PoW) During an other research I found on a french forum a witness of the crach. You'll find find a map of the monument erected to the fallen crew at this link: The monument at this link: With this map you'll can find the place of the crash which was 700 meters South-East from the actual monument at the altitude of 1232 meters just on the border of the road D983. You'll also see that Clermond-Ferrand is North East. Here's also a link to a french newspaper article: The man named Oleg Gorchaerse was with a scout team at the moment of the crash and remembers very well this crash. When Oleg arrived at the crash site, nearly all had been taken away by the germans but he remembers having found in the aircraft a strange syringe with written on it 'Morphyn' and some french languages leaflets. He didn ....Read More.Bruno on 28th December 2009 09:48:59
The Rev John Johnson DFCI do note have details of the DFC but for the Bar I can offer the following; perhaps the biographical note will tie him the Reverent Johnson: JOHNSON, John Cecil, A/S/L, DFC (127958, RAFVR*) - No.104 Squadron - Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 20 April 1945. Born 1923 at Moreton-in-Marsh, Oddington, Gloucester; home there. Enlisted 1941; trained in United States. Commissioned 1942. Awarded DFC, 15 October 1943 Following text from Flight, 7 June 1945. "This officer has completed two tours of operational duty. Since the award of the Distinguished Flying Cross he has attacked many major targets in Roumania, Austria, Yugoslavia and Northern Italy. Squadron Leader Johnson has achieved particular success in mine-laying operations in the River Danube. During night bombing attacks he has also shown a high standard of efficiency. This officer is a flight commander and pilot of exceptional ability and courage who has invariably set an inspiring example to all." ....Read More.HughAHalliday on 24th February 2010 09:08:49
Service Record AbbreviationsHello Alan, I can confirm the pilot was indeed F/Sgt J.G. McCOMB, second dickey pilot with P/O G.A. GRAHAM, as per Squadron ORB. The "headless" crew returned back to HCU and were picked up by another pilot, without a crew, which happened to be S/L D.P.S. SMITH RAAF. Problem is that the Squadron ORB only records the movements of officers, so no details available for the NCOs to be 100 % sure. Wireless operator Alastair JOHNSON R.A.A.F. seems to have followed "Jack" PURCELL's steps : 14 OTU, No. 1661 HCU, 9 Squadron in November 1943, 1668 HCU in December 1943, then 467 Squadron. Air Gunner Gilbert PATE R.A.A.F. also had a checkered career before joining 467 Squadron : 7 OTU, 49 Squadron, 1654 HCU, 1668 HCU in December 1943 (matching with Purcell's posting there) and 467 Squadron. Can't add anything to what you gave. Joss ....Read More.jossleclercq on 1st March 2010 11:46:40
49 Squadron - ED785 Lost 17 June 1943My Great Uncle, Flight Lieutenant C. Dunnet was also killed on this raid and Squadron Leader George Storey was his Flight Commander. I have his log books and George Storey's signature sits on one of the pages. 49 Squadron's CO Wing Commander Peter Johnson DSO, DFC commanded this raid and he described the night in vivid detail in his book, The Withered Garland. I thought it was well worth the read.... They were all very brave men. Peter Johnson lived to be 90 and passed away in early 1998....I wish I had the opportunity to have met and talked with him..... ....Read More.tomtom07 on 4th August 2011 06:48:38
Full name and service no of Sgt Johnson, 255 SqnHi, I hope someone can help me with the full name and service no of the pilot Sgt Johnson No.255 Squadron 1941. Together with Air Gunner Sgt Robert Thomas Aitchison, RNZAF, he claimed a destroyed He 111 on the night 7/8 May 1941. According to Those Other Eagles by Christopher Shores his name was Peter Lister Johnson, RAF No 1237469 and he made the claim flying a Hurricane (also adding a damaged) but in the ORB his initials are S.F. and the claim as mentioned above was made flying a Defiant. Thanks in advance, Peter ....Read More.phasselgren on 11th March 2012 02:19:36
Full name and service no of Sgt Johnson, 255 SqnHi Peter I don't know if this will give a "sideways" approach to the info that you seek but John Foreman in "The Turning Point-1941 part 2" confirms that the action was in a Defiant and the victim was He111H, 33210,A1+BA of Stab/KG 53, flown by Feldwebel Gunther Mertens. The a/c came down in flames into the River Trent nr Bawtry and the crash was witnessed by air and groundcrew on the airfield. Edit: CWGC records the death of a P/O Peter Lister Johnson on 04/05/44. His Service No is given as 169067,which would be a fresh issue upon commissioning and would not be his No. as an SNCO. If we are talking about the same man then perhaps the Commission could be found on the London Gazette site. Regards Dick ....Read More.Dick on 11th March 2012 05:16:52
Full name and service no of Sgt Johnson, 255 SqnHi Peter, I can only confirm the idea from Dick: 1237469 Peter Lister JOHNSON (169067). Pavel ....Read More.CZ_RAF on 11th March 2012 06:12:33
113 Squadron Palelokay despite starting with your instructions then various other options my searches for RNZAF all came back 0 For RCAF my search came back with 4 (not11) my four Johnson/McDonald/McPherson/Scholey For SAAF I had 3 same as your figure of which 2 in India/Burma No Corporals/LACs/AC1s/AC2s amongst any of these gentlemen. Very interested in Australians, please let me know, thanks ....Read More.dbrasier on 14th April 2012 10:35:41
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
Wellington T2518 crash 12. 1. 41Gentlemen Thank you for that, clearly the logbook date must be wrong but it was signed off by a F/Lt Blosse A Flight OC Strangly the same thing occured to this air gunner with the loss of Wellington R 3291 on the 19.4.41 His skipper Pilot Officer Johnson crashed and he never re appeared but that was with 38 Squadron in the desert. ....Read More.colinpateman on 9th October 2012 03:27:12
Number of combat sorties flown by J. E. Johnson during the WWII?I would say less, my estimate based on another pilot brings 640 missions, but given Johnson flew a lot of over the channel missions, 515 seems not unreasonable. I cannot exclude, that operational sorties were not listed, though. What struck me, is the high number of missions, especially given Johnson started his operational flying in 1941. I took the numbers of Polish aces, who were rather known to not avoid combat missions, and flew from the start of the war in 1939 to the end in 1945, and their results are not as impressive: Gabszewicz 384, Skalski 321, Falkowski 260, Pniak 256. Of those, Skalski missed French Campaign and retired in mid-1944, Falkowski missed Polish Campaign, and Pniak FC. Pilots, who started flying in 1941: Sołłogub 168, Blok 78. I am not sure of the total of Horbaczewski - 250 - he started flying in 1941 and died in combat in mid-1944, Król 223 (1940-45) - his total of 432 seems an error, I expect him to be about 250 for the whole war. Łokuciewski until being downed early 1942 reputedly amassed 268, but I believe this wrong, perhaps it should read 168. For a comparison, pilots who did a lot of non operational flying - Szaposznikow 117 & Popławski 49. Thus, how it was possible for Johnson, flying in the same tour system, to fly so many sorties? ....Read More.Franek Grabowski on 1st April 2013 02:08:00
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
S/L Alban Philip Sydney Chipling DFC & S/L James Russell Johnson AFC 23/04/1945I have been looking into the following two casualties who were buried at Chippenham Cemetery on the 27/04/1945: Sqn Ldr Alban Philip Sydney Chipling DFC [url][/url] PHILIP SIDNEY Sqn Ldr James Russell Johnson AFC [url][/url]..., JAMES RUSSELL Both were killed on active service on 23/04/1945 and the deaths registered in the Cirencester district. I have found a probate record for Johnson which indicates that he died at Southrop Lechlade in Gloucestershire. Would be grateful for any more information relating to the loss of these officers. ....Read More.nicks on 14th September 2013 05:06:34
33 Squadron 1940Sqn/Ldr David Victor Johnson ....Read More.paulmcmillan on 16th January 2014 09:29:35
467/463 (RAAF) SquadronsThe old 463-467 Squadron website was run by Peter Johnson, son of Max Johnson, a Waddington skipper. He has unfortunately had a rather bad falling out with other members of his family since his father's death and has not answered emails for some time. The website domain expired (ironically enough) on Remembrance Day last year. I wasn't aware that there was a web archive of it still available though - thanks Joss. Adam ....Read More.kookabat on 9th June 2014 09:51:08

Like what you see? You can support this site!