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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 1
Birth:
10 Jan 1918 1
Filmore CA 1
Death:
27 Dec 1943 1
Near Vincenza Italy 1
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Full Name:
Robert J Johnson 1
Birth:
10 Jan 1918 1
Filmore CA 1
Death:
27 Dec 1943 1
Near Vincenza Italy 1
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Birth:
Mother: Pearl Ann Stewart 1
Father: Jack C Johnson 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Army Air Forces 1
Rank:
First Lieutenant 1

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Robert J Johnson was the son of Jack and Pearl Johnson.

Robert had five brothers-Crom, Fred, James, Sam, and Newell. He also had a sister, Hazel. His brother Sam was also killed during WWII.

2nd Lt Robert J Johnson was a crew member of the Doodlebug, a B-24D (#41-23724) that flew in operation Tidal Wave on 1 Aug 1943. The group photograph is of Lt Johnson and the crew he served with at that time.

Navigator 1st/Lt. Robert J. Johnson DFC KIA
Hometown: Fillmore, California
Squadron: 512th BS 376th Bomb Group
Service #O-730270
Awards:Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot 2nd/Lt. Harlan J. Wenzinger POW

Target: Vincenza Italy Marshalling Yards
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:1615
Date Lost: 28-Dec-43
Serial Number: 42-73088
Aircraft Model B-24J
Aircraft Letter:
Aircraft Name:
Location: Lost near target Vincenza Italy
Cause: Enemy Aircraft Crew of 10 4KIA 6 POW
Notes" The 376th BG proceed to target alone and without fighter support, they are swarmed by German fighters and lose 10 ships on this mission.
Lt. Johnson was a veteran of "Operation Tidal Wave" the low level raid on Romanian oil fields. Lieutenant Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor on that mission.

Crew of 42-73088. Lt Johnson, a member of the crew below, was killed when his plane had to be abandoned and he died when he parachuted from the plane.

 2nd/Lt. Harlan J. Wenzinger  Pilot
 2nd/Lt. John I. Kerl  Co Pilot
 1st/Lt. Robert J. Johnson  Navigator
 T/Sgt. Bruce J. Dunkin  Engineer
 T/Sgt. Robert E. Hagen Radio Op.
 S/Sgt. Donald O. Carlton Gunner
 S/Sgt. Joseph P. Bruckler Gunner
 S/Sgt. Harold Roscher  Tail Gunner
S/Gt. Frederick E. Ehmann
2nd/Lt. Vestal H. Caraway Bombardier

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