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    Default LAC James Andrew Johnston 981988 killed 17/9/42.

    Hi All,

    Looking for the circumstances of the death of the above ground crew member of 158 Sqn, he is listed as having been killed in an accident. His family thinks he was stationed at Lissett but on that date it was still under construction and the Sqn was based at East Moor at that time. The ORB for that period has not been able to be found. His family is anxious to find out what happened to him.
    He is buried in Northern Ireland at Lurgan Cemetery.

    Any information would be greatly appreciated.

    John Williams Assistant Archivist for 158 Sqn.

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    Hi John,

    Henk has him as Died on Active Service:

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...rmen-17-9-1942

    Cheers,

    Dave

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    Hi Dave,

    Thanks for that mate. Iíll see if anyone turns up anything else.

    Cheers,

    John.

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    Hello All,
    I can find some circumstantial Ďevidenceí on James Andrew Johnston.
    b. Prob in N Ireland? (Bur Lurgan Ė CWGC).
    1939 Reg: A James Andrew Johnston, DoB 20 Feb 1915, is at 12 Daventry Rd, Liverpool, as a Married Bookkeeper (FMP).
    Oct 1939(?) Enlisted RAFVR (981988) in Block 965000-1149977 issued Padgate 1 Sep 39 to 31 Mar 41.
    d. 17 Sep 42 (CWGC). AaD 27 (FREEBMD).
    All very tenuous Ė but might help?
    HTH
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    Hi Peter,

    Many thanks for that Iíll pass it on, as always you have come up trumps! ( if we can still use that expression).

    Cheers,

    John.

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    John,

    Could not the family, or anyone for that matter, obtain his death certificate which should indicate the circumstances and place of death ?

    Brian

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    Hi Brian,

    Thatís what we have advised the Granddaughter to do, I was hoping someone may have known, Iíll keep you posted.

    John.

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    Here is the 158 Sqn ORB

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...mber%3A+158%22

    And you can view this for free if you follow these instructions:
    http://www.ww2irishaviation.com/TNA_...guidelines.pdf

    The month for Sep 1942 is here
    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8390070

    He is not mentioned on that date but I suspect he was posted out sick some days/months before. It mainly concerns flying personnel for that month under the summary, but other months might list non flying personnel, you will need to review each previous month and maybe the following month of October, maybe November. news might have traveled slow.
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    Malcolm’s RAFWEB says:- “He was serving with No 158 Sqn and died on active service, the circumstances of which have yet to be ascertained, his death being registered in Bulmer. He is buried in Lurgan New Cemetery.
    The FREEBMD Reg says:- “Deaths Sep 1942 (>99%) Johnston, James A, 27, Bulmer 9d 307”.
    HTH
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    Hello

    The Belfast Telegraph of September 22nd 1942 reported his death, and the article included a photo of him:

    LURGAN AIRMAN'S DEATH
    Nr. and Mrs. Andrew Johnston, 21, James Street, Lurgan, have received notification that their elder son, Leading-Aircraftman James Andrew Johnston, R.A.F., has died on active service.
    L.A.C. Johnston was employed by the Lurgan Weaving Co., Ltd., before joining the R.A.F. in 1940.


    Regards

    Simon

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