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Edwin Rogers Johnston


2nd Lt Edwin R. Johnston was a pilot of the 10th Fighter Squadron, flying Thunderbolts in the ETO. He was born on the 13th of August 1919 in Atlanta, Georgia, the son of Mark Graham Johnston and his wife Jessie (née Coogler) who were married in September 1914.

In 1920 the family were living in Decatur, a little east of Atlanta, DeKalb County, Georgia. By 1930, the family had moved to 529 Langhorn Street, Atlanta, in Fulton County, Georgia, no doubt to live near Jessie’s widowed mother who lived at 530 Langhorn Street.

By 1935 they also lived at number 530 moving in with Mrs Coogler, here they stayed and were recorded there in 1940. According to his registration card Edwin was then employed as a clerk at the Fulton National Bank. He was 5ft 11in tall and weighed in at little over 12 stone; he had brown hair, hazel eyes and a light complexion.

He enlisted on the 19th of January 1943, and ended up serving with the 10th Fighter Squadron in Europe. He was forced to bail out of his P-47D following a mid-air collision over the Solent on the 19th of April 1944. Due to the crash he suffered slight burns to his face and injured his shoulder, for which he was sent to the 95th General Hospital, at St. Leonards, near Ringwood.

He survived the war and lived until 64 years of age, passing away on the 17th of September 1983, being buried at the Arlington Memorial Park, Sandy Springs, Fulton County, Georgia.



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    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 50th Fighter Group
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Units served with

  • 50th Fighter Group

    50th Fighter Group

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    10th Fighter Squadron

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  • 42-75116

    P-47 Thunderbolt
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Associated Place

  • Lymington

    Military site : airfield
    Used by US units including the 50th Fighter Group. The present-day private grass airstrip is to the north of the Second World War airfield site.


Event Location Date
Born Atlanta, GA, USA 13 August 1919
Injured in mid-air collision Tanners Ln, East End, Lymington SO41 5SP, UK 19 April 944
Died 19 September 1983
Buried Sandy Springs, GA, USA

At Arlington Memorial Park


Date Contributor Update
27 February 2018 14:54:23 Lucy May Changes to suffix, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and aircraft associations

Added events from existing information given in biography field.

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2017 22:42:00 RPR Changes to biography

Armed Forces enlistment records; Aircraft Accident Report 44-4-19-501

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2017 21:47:47 RPR Changes to role

1920, 1930, 1940 Census; Armed Forces enlistment record

Date Contributor Update
09 November 2017 21:26:00 RPR Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, service number, role, biography, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

1920, 1930, 1940 U.S. Census; 1940 Registration Card; Armes Service Enlistment Record.