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
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
Date Lost: 28-Dec-43
Serial Number: 42-73088
Aircraft Model B-24J
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