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James A Johnston

Military

He was an original crew member of the Group.
Killed in B-17 41-24471 'Four of a Kind', involved in a mid-air collision with B-17 41-24498 ( 306BG/369BS) on 13 January 1943 about 3 miles north of Lille, France, while on a mission to bomb the railroad factories of Ateliers D'Hellemmes at Lille, France.
Aircraft crashed at Marcq-en-Barœul, France.

KIA. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 15502.

Service

People

  • Clyde Bennett

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Top Turret Gunner, Top Turret Gunner ; Flight Engineer | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was an original crew member. On 13 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Engineer/Top Turret Gunner the aircraft was involved in a mid air collision with B-17F #41-24498 306BG/369BS and broke in two just north of the...

  • Doyle Dugger

    Military | Captain | Co-Pilot, Pilot | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He reported to group on 27 Mar 1942. He graduated Pilot class 42-B at Brooks AAB, TX. ...

  • Frank Jacknik

    Military | Lieutenant | Navigator | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Navigator the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24498 306BG/369BS which broke the aircraft in two just north of the target of Lille, France. He was either...

  • Shedrick Jones

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He was assigned to the James A. Johnston crew. Reported to group on 19 Jun 1942. ...

  • Thomas McMahon

    Military | Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    He flew on James Johnston crew. Reported to the ETO on 01 Jul 1942. ...

  • John Morrison

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Right Waist Gunner the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F #42-14498 306BG/369BS and broke in two just north of the target at Lille, France. He managed to...

  • Robert Stevenson

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator, Radio Operator Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Radio Operator the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24498 306BG/369BS and broke in two just north of the target at Lille, France. He was able to scramble...

  • Charles Tipton

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F 41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Left Waist Gunner the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F 41-24498 306BG/369BS and broke in two just north of the target at Lille, France. He was unable to get...

  • Fred Zdobylak

    Military | Sergeant | Tail Gunner | 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers
    On 13 January 1943 in B-17F #41-24471 'Four of a Kind' while serving as Tail Gunner the aircraft was involved in a mid-air collision with B-17F #41-24498 and broke in two just north of the target at Lille, France. He managed to get out of the falling...

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Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Group
    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 369th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24471 Four of a Kind

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Assigned 369BS/306BG [WW- ] Westover 17-Aug-42; Thurleigh 2-Oct-42; Missing in Action 13-Jan-43 on a mission to bomb the railroad factories of Ateliers D'Hellemmes at Lille, France. Due to a mid-air collision with 41-24498, aircraft was sliced in two...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 29

    13 January 1943
    The primary target for this mission is the Atclier d'Hellemmes locomotive works, associated steel works and the railroad marshalling yards at Lille, France. The attacking force is composed of 72 B-17s from: 91BG (13); 303BG (19); 305BG (23) and 306BG ...

Associated Place

  • Thurleigh

    Military site : airfield
    Built for RAF use in 1941-42, Thurleigh was initially used by RAF Bomber Command before being handed over to the Eighth Air Force. Its runways and hardstandings were improved, and the B-17s of the 306th Bomb Group began using the base. It was their...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA 1919

the son of Marshall B. and Sue F. Johnston

Lived in Chickasha, Oklahoma, United States 1940
Enlisted Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States 30 July 1940

as an Aviation Cadet in the Air Corps

Killed in Action (KIA) Marcq-en-Barœul, France 13 January 1943

Mid-air collision with 41-24498 of the same Group

Buried

Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten. Plot L, Row 14, Grave 5.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 February 2016 11:24:21 ED-BB Changes to biography
Sources

Corrected typos

Date Contributor Update
10 February 2016 13:01:08 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia;
- http://www.303rdbg.com/360johnson.html ;
- Lee Cunningham 19-Jan-2015. Added nickname per "Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces" Stan Bishop & John A. Hey MBE. ;

Date Contributor Update
04 October 2015 15:29:50 ED-BB Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WW II Enlistment records
MACR 15502

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:03 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 15502 / MACR 15502, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces Vol. 1 by Bishop and Hey, p. 63, First Over Germany pg. 1, 40 & 63, Russell Strong Index Cards, 306th BGA Collection, http://www.wwiimemorial.com/registry/cemetery/search/pframe.as / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / http://www.306bg.org/crewphotos/Crew%20Pictures%20Adam-Rector/Crew%20Pic...

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