This page is dedicated in honour of David Walter Thomas Johnson
David Walter Thomas Johnson
Does anybody know anything more about W/O David W T Johnson DFC 625 Squadron A/g?
1013070 W/O David Walter Thomas Johnson DFC, was born in the second quarter of 1913 in Newport, Monmouthshire the son of Walter Thomas Johnson and Mary Maud Johnson (nee Davies).
Johnson’s service number suggests that he joined-
Was W/O Johnson embarking on his second tour of operations when he joined the Ives crew? or had he re-
It is not apparent from Jim’s log-
Johnson gave evidence at F/Sgt Allan’s Court Martial hearing just before the crew was split-
That W/O Johnson was called as a witness suggests some seniority within the crew – by virtue of rank and age. In his evidence to the Court Johnson confirmed that the crew had arrived complete from CU on 15th October. It is not clear from Jim’s log-
The Court Martial notes suggest that F/Sgt Allan’s absence called into question the solidarity of F/Sgt Ives’s crew and Jim’s leadership. David Johnson supported both captain and crew. The use of past tense, however, suggests that it was already apparent that the crew was to be split-
Following the split-
W/O Johnson died, along with the rest of the Gallop crew, on the night of 30th/31st January 1944 when Lancaster JB122 was shot down on its run-
Post presumption memorandum No.1128/48 relating to Lancaster JB122 records that the aircraft crashed at Linum, to the north-
The Squadron Commander of 625 Squadron, Wing Commander Preston, in writing to the next of kin of his missing aircrews, described the Gallop crew as ‘one of our happiest crews….and one for which a great future had already been mapped out with the Squadron’. The letter confirmed that JB122 took-
The award of the DFC to W/O Johnson was gazetted after the end of the war (21st December 1945) but was effective from 29th January 1944. 625 Squadron’s ORB affords no details of any one action which gave rise to the promulgation of the award, the London Gazette entry details no citation. It is assumed that the retrospective award was in acknowledgement of actions in combat and his length of active service. W/O David W T Johnson DFC was 30 years old when he died.
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