Flying Officer (Navigator)
Royal New Zealand Air Force, 75(New Zealand)Squadron,RAF
Killed in Action on 13th May 1943
Aged 28

"For ever and ever, be strong"

Son of John Robert and Alice May JOHNSTON (née RIGBY), of Auckland City, New Zealand.
Husband of Agnes Gibson JOHNSTON of 231 Point Chevalier Road, Point Chevalier, Auckland City.

Short Stirling Mk 3, BK721 c/sn AA-Z was delivered to No.75 (New Zealand) Sqdn 2/5/1943. Airborne at 00:37 13/5/1943 from Newmarket, for a raid on Duisburg, the starboard inner engine failed, causing the Stirling to clip Devil's Dyke before coming down NW of the airfield. 2 Crewmen escaped with injuries, the rest died. The three RNZAF airmen are buried in Newmarket Cemetery.
F/L E.R.M.Appleton Injured; Sgt R.F.Harvey RNZAF KIA; Sgt J.S.Andrews KIA; F/O J.Johnston RNZAF KIA; P/O S.J.Clubb RNZAF KIA ;F/S S.G.Cocks RNZAF Inj; Sgt B.A.R.Moore KIA ;Sgt J.Wykes KIA.
Pilot F/L Appleton recovered from his injuries, only to lose his life 31/8/1943 while flying in a USAAF B17 Fortress.

John is buried in Newmarket Cemetery in grave P:445

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