Two propellers of P-47D-10-RE (no.42-75116) at the site it crashed, near Lymington, on the 19th of April 1944. The pilot 2nd Lt. Edwin R. Johnston had been in collision with the aircraft of Capt. William R. Fleming and both crashed, Fleming was killed.
On the 21st of September 2017 the engine was recovered from a point some 80m from the crash site. It had apparently been dug up and abandoned there, unfortunately the propellor set and possibly other items taken.
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.
Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 50th Fighter Group
Capt. William R. Fleming served with the 10th Fighter Squadron, flying Thunderbolts from Lymington (Stn 551). He was born on the 8th of August 1921 to William Richard Fleming senior and his wife Elizabeth (née Early). To differentiate father and son...
Units served with
Before the build-up to D-Day, the group were based in the United States as part of the Fighter School Command and the Army Air Forces School of Applied Tactics. In spring 1944 though, like so many other fighter and bomb groups, the 50th Fighter Group...
50th Fighter Group (Special). The group moved to the European Theater of Operations in the Spring 1944 expansion of Ninth Air Force in England in preparation for Operation Overlord. It flew its first combat mission on 1 May 1944. Lymington USAAF...
On the 19th of April 1944, this aircraft flown by 2nd Lt. Edwin Rogers Johnston was involved in a mid-air collission with another P-47D flown by Capt. William Richard Fleming. Both aircraft crashed, Johnston bailed out, slightly hurt, Fleming failed...
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.
||Atlanta, GA, USA
||13 August 1919
|Injured in mid-air collision
||Tanners Ln, East End, Lymington SO41 5SP, UK
||19 April 944
||19 September 1983
||Sandy Springs, GA, USA
At Arlington Memorial Park