John Bernard Johnson

Sub-Lieutenant John Bernard Johnson served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. By 1944 he was based at HMS Landrail with 878 Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm.

Sub Lieutenant

John Bernard Johnson

Sub-Lieutenant John Bernard Johnson served in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. By 1944 he was based at HMS Landrail with 878 Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm.

Sub-Lieutenant John Bernard Johnson served with the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve. By 1944, he was based at HMS Landrail, flying with 878 Squadron of the Fleet Air Arm.

Born in Coventry, Johnson was the son of Herbert Henry Johnson and Daisy Johnson (née Rose). He was married to Mary Louisa Johnson (née Charles) of Stanley, Yorkshire, the United Kingdom in 1943. It is believed he had a son also named John.

An American Stinson Reliant

Imperial War Museum Photo: A 19269 (Part of the Admiralty Official Collection). An American Stinson Reliant. This plane was used by the Fleet Air Arm for training observers at Lee-on-Solent Fleet Air Arm Station. Photo taken by Lieutenant EA Zimmerman - Royal Navy Official Photographer.

Stinson Reliant FK914 Crash

On 5th January 1944, John Bernard Johnson was a passenger on the Stinson Reliant FK914. The three-man flight took off from RNAS Eglinton Airfield. Also on board was Sub-Lieutenant Alan Frederick Orchard. The plane was piloted on this occasion by Sub-Lieutenant Alan Albert Pollock.

The plane came down on the north-eastern side of Sawel Mountain in the Sperrins, Co. Londonderry. Bad weather was the cause of the accident, which saw all those onboard killed. The bodies of the three airmen were not recovered until 29th January because of deep snow and bad weather in the mountains.

Sub-Lieutenant Johnson’s grave is in plot 10 of St. Canice’s Church of Ireland Churchyard in Faughanvale, Co. Londonderry.

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