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    Linda,

    Some bio detail on Johnson (interesting to note his English origins):

    JOHNSON, Plt Off Samuel Graham, DFC.
    NZ416502;
    b Henley-on-Thames, Oxon., England 24 Jun 21;
    to NZ 'at an early age';
    Hamilton HS;
    clerk - Dalgety & Co, Hamilton.
    NZ Army/TF (7 Med Bty NZA) 3 yrs;
    RNZAF Levin/ITW as Airman Pilot u/t 30 Nov 41,
    4EFTS 10 Jan 42,
    emb for Canada 8 Mar 42,
    att RCAF 2 Apr 42,
    5 M Depôt 3 Apr 42,
    7SFTS 13 Apr 42,
    Pilot Badge & Sgt 31 Jul 42,
    1 Y Depôt e.Aug 42,
    att RAF & emb for UK 21 Aug 42,
    3PRC 2 Sep 42,
    6(P)AFU 24 Sep 42,
    26OTU (Wellington) 22 Dec 42,
    1651HCU (Stirling - 1 op) 2 May 43,
    218 Sqn (Stirling - 22 ops) 2 Jun 43,
    Comm 13 Oct 43,
    31 Base for 1653HCU (Stirling) as instr by 5 Dec 43,
    kaa 20 Jan 44.
    Cambridge City Cemetery - grave 13953, Cambs., England.
    Son of Noel Storrier & Margaret Asenath Danvers Johnson (née Wooldridge, later Hill), Hamilton.
    [also entry in 'By Such Deeds', and phot. in NZ's The Weekly News 1.12.43 & 29.3.44].

    Errol

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    Thanks Errol for the bio on Johnson,really interesting.I have e mailed the Auckland on line Cenotaph site,as i noticed that they had a photo of him,to ask permission to use it,as it would be nice to add to my write up.

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    Linda,

    The Cenotaph photo is a copy of that which appeared in 'The Weekly News', as noted at the end of my bio (same photo for both dates). You don't need their permission to reproduce it. A print or scan, if required, can also be purchased from the RNZAF Museum for a modest fee (the Museum holds an almost complete set of the publication for the war years). Their email is: info@airforcemuseum.co.nz

    Errol

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    Default Linda

    Thanks for that Errol,will follow it up.

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    When I was at 1654 HCU RAF Wigsley in November and December 1944 we were a 7 man crew except for an occasional pilot instructor. We left OTU with a 5 man crew but a mid upper gunner and a flight engineer joined us at HCU. Come to think of it, perhaps there was an occasional extra engineer instructor involved although my logbook would not show that.

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