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John Stephen Johnston


Lt. Johnston was stationed in England, 1943. His crew flew missions over France. His two ships were B-17 42-3541 'Little Girl' and the 'Kwitcherbitchin' (name given in record was 'Little Girls'). The second named aircraft was shot down during a mission over Bordeaux, France, on 5 January 1944.

First Lieutenant Johnston was reported Missing in Action (MIA) until 1 February 1944 when the Red Cross reported he was a Prisoner of War (POW) at Stalag Luft 1, Barth on the Baltic, Germany. The German Luftwaffe abandoned the camp to Soviet Army, and on May 11, 1945, 6000 American fliers and 300 RAF Prisoner of War (POW)'s were liberated.


Units served with


  • 42-3541 "Little Girls"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 26/7/43; Dyersburg 8/8/43; Assigned 339BS/96BG [QJ-N] Snetterton 9/9/43; Missing in Action 5/1/44 with Edwin Davidson, Navigator: John Johnston, Bombardier: Maurice Lynch, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Jack Barrett, Radio Operator...

Associated Place

  • Snetterton Heath

    Military site : airfield
    Intended to be an RAF bomber base, construction of Snetterton Heath started in Autumn 1942 but continued until mid-1943, because it was extended after allocation as an Eighth Air Force bomber base. It had eventually three concrete runways, 50...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location


Event Location Date
Born New York City, New York 23 August 1915
Prisoner of War (POW) 5 January 1944 – 11 May 1945
Died 24 July 1992
Buried Gate of Heaven Cemetery, Hawthorne, New York


Date Contributor Update
14 September 2016 15:10:51 Lucy May Changes to biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations

Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2011 / MACR 2011; Snetterton Falcons pg 97 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:40 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2011; daughter; Snetterton Heath pg 90