Battle of Britain London Monument – Sgt. A E Johnson

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Allan Everitt Johnson of Kenton, Middlesex, joined the RAF on a short service commission in October 1938. He arrived at 12 Group Pool, Aston Down on 24th November 1939, converted to Hurricanes and was posted to 46 Squadron at Acklington on 22nd December.

On 5th September 1940 he claimed a Me109 destroyed, on the 15th shared a Do17 and on the 27th destroyed a Me110. Johnson reformed and then commanded 234 Squadron at Ouston near Newcastle and in North Africa from 1st June 1942 until February 1943.

He returned to the UK and was posted to 53 OTU at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey as chief flying instructor. On 4th July 1943 he was on a training flight in X4818 with another Spitfire flown by a student pilot. The student accidentally released the safety catch on his guns and shot down Johnson’s aircraft. He bailed out successfully, the Spitfire crashed in a field near Goole and Johnson landed in the River Ouse. Unfortunately he was dragged under by his parachute and drowned.

Johnson was 22 and is buried in Kirton-in-Lindsey Burial Ground.




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