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Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Married 1
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1921 1
Ohio 1
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Army 1
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08 Sep 1942 1
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Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
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Selectees (Enlisted Men) 1
Army Serial Number:
35473392 1
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Cincinnati Ohio 1
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Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
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Civil Life 1
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Film Reel Number: 5.8 1

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William Robert Johnson

Isley Field, Saipan, Mariana Islands

Born William Robert Johnson in 1921 at Ohio.  Enlisted in the Army Air Corps on 8 September 1942 at Cincinnati, Ohio. Underwent B-29 aircraft transition and combat crew training at Walker Army Airfield, Kansas. In September 1944, deployed to the Central Pacific Theatre of Operations and was assigned to 20th Air Force, XXI Bomber Command, 73rd Bomb Wing, 500th Bombardment Group (Very Heavy), 881st Bomb Squadron stationed at Isley Field on Saipan in the Mariana Islands.  On 10 February 1945, he flew as the Radio Operator aboard a Boeing B-29 Superfortress, Tail Code: Z-Square-13 (Serial #42-93876).  It was one of 120 aircraft launched in a multi-wing group formation to bombard the Nakajima Aircraft Assembly Plant at Ota on the northwest side of Tokyo, Japan.  While over the target area, the group was attacked by a band of Nakajima Ki-44 single-engine “Tojo” fighter planes.  His B-29 aircraft suffered damage to the right wing and the #3 engine trailed heavy smoke.  He was last sighted by A-Square-43 at a geographic location of 35+45N, 141+25E approximately 80 nautical miles east of Tokyo.  He was killed when his aircraft was forced to ditch on the return route to Saipan.

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