The 96th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses to targets across occupied Europe from May 1943 to April 1945. ...
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.
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...
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...
|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|
|14 September 2016 15:10:51||Lucy May||Changes to biography, events, place associations and aircraft associations|
Brought in information from duplicate record. Source:
|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