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    Hi, the Rev John Johnson from Shropshire died on February 19, aged 86. According to the death notice in our paper he had the D.F.C. We are obviously working on an obituary - can anybody supply any details of the award? No doubt he became a man of the cloth after his RAF service.
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    Hellcat1839,
    Best I can do is find him in the LG with a s/n of 76550. Commissioned before WW2 (just) and was a Padre all through. I can't find his DFC - but I'm no expert in forcing the LG to reveal its secrets! Last time I had need of info from the Chaplains Branch they were very helpful. But that was some years ago, and I suspect they may have been Salami Sliced like the rest of the Forces since then!
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    I doubt he had a DFC.. For the simple reason he was non flying.. It is awarded

    "for an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy".

    maybe an MBE or OBE Etc...

    Also DFC would be listed against his name, which it wasn't up until his retirement in 1961...


    Retirement
    Rev. J. JOHNSON, M.A. (76550). 18th Nov.
    1961.

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    The notice in the Shropshire Star states:

    http://www.myfamilyannouncements.co.uk/shropshirestar/view/178293/johnson-the

    "JOHNSON The Reverend John D.F.C* "

    Note the star after the DFC - as we know that indicates a Bar. So, if the paper is correct, and taking into the possibility mentioned by hellcat i.e. he took cloth after RAF service then this is a different Johnson.

    One possibility is John Cecil Johnson DFC and Bar (127958)

    Just to add that if the Johnson (76550) found by Peter was the same as the one who has just died then he would have been commissioned at the age of 15!

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    Amrit

    Could be

    Air Ministry, 15th October, 1943.
    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve
    the following awards.

    Distinguished Flying Cross.

    Flying Officer John Cecil JOHNSON (127958), Royal
    Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 104 Squadron.


    Air Ministry, 20th April, 1945.

    The KING has been graciously pleased to approve
    the following awards:

    Bar to Distinguished Flying* Cross.

    Acting Squadron Leader.
    . John Cecil JOHNSON, D.F.C. (127958), R.A.F.V.R., -- 104 Sqn.

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    I 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."

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    Just to add to Hugh's post, John Cecil Johnson's engagement to Frances Jacqueline Evers was announced in March 1946.

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    Thank you very much. Very helpful all.

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    hellcat

    please keep us updated, and let us know if we have the correct John Johnson.

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    Can add but little. The following is mentioned in Patrick Macdonald's "Through Darkness to Light".(p.379):

    Acknowledgements - Individuals.

    Johnson, J.C. Rev, DFC MA, Pilot/Flight Commander 104 Squadron.

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