Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Clayton Alan Johnston


Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 26 x combat missions. Donald Currie crew. ETD

Awards: DFC (OLC), AM (2OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (1 x Battle Star).



  • Donald Currie

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 38 x combat missions. ETD ...

Show more

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 612th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31034 'Bonnie Donnie'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Dallas 8/9/43; to Gt Falls with Phil Sweet but force landed Pueblo, CO 10/9/43; Scott 20/10/43; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-G] Deenethorpe 8/11/43; Missing in Action Cologne 28/5/44 with George West, Waist gunner: Hugh Russell, Tail gunner: Mike...

  • 42-31891 The Shape

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 31/12/43; Kearney 12/1/44; Assigned 612BS/401BG [SC-P] Deenethorpe 15/2/44; Returned to the USA 121 BU Bradley 1/6/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 8/6/45; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA)...

  • 42-97947

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 12/4/44; 1SAG Langley 16/6/44; Grenier 6/7/44; Assigned 351BG Polebrook 8/7/44; transferred 612BS/401BG [SC-U] Deenethorpe 7/8/44; 613BS; transferred 305BG Chelveston 20/8/44; Salvaged 9AF Germany 10/5/46.

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...


Event Location Date
Born Lehigh, Judith Basin County, MT 17 May 1923

Son of Peter T and Wendla Olivia Victoria [Ketola] Johnston.

Enlisted Billings, MT 3 June 1942

Billings, Montana

Commissioned 20 May 1943

Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

Based Deenethorpe January 1944 – December 1944

Assigned to 612BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Discharged USAAF 5 August 1945

Honourable discharge.

Enlisted 20 November 1947

Enlisted USAF.

Discharged USAF 6 December 1949

Honourable discharge.

Died Yountville, Napa County, CA 6 July 2003
Buried Veterans Memorial Grove Cemetery Yountville, Napa County, CA 9 July 2003

Veterans Memorial Grove Cemetery
Yountville, Napa County, California


Date Contributor Update
22 November 2021 17:08:26 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2021 17:00:38 Al_Skiff Changes to events

Date Contributor Update
22 November 2021 16:31:59 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Date Contributor Update
23 June 2017 14:13:43 general ira snapsorter Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, highest rank, role and unit associations

Entry added with details from:
- 401st Bomb Group unit history;