LEST WE FORGET

Flight Sergeant Allan Clyde JOHNS

Service No: 417198
Born: Broken Hill NSW, 25 July 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 January 1942
Unit: No. 9 Squadron (RAF), RAF Bardney
Died: Air Operations (No. 9 Squadron Lancaster aircraft LM422), Germany, 22 March 1944, Aged 21 Years
Buried: Rheinberg War Cemetery, Kamp Lintfort, Nordrhein-Westfal, Germany
CWGC Additional Information: Son of James Frederick and Rose Mary Johns, of Broken Hill, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Broken Hill NSW
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: World War II Honour Roll, National War Memorial of SA, North Terrace, Adelaide

Lancaster LM422 took off from RAF Bardney at 1913 hours on the night of 22/23rd March 1944 to bomb Frankfurt, Germany. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to base. It was later established that the aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire and crashed on 22/March at the village of Morscheld, which is 50 kms east of Trier and all the crew members were killed.

The crew members of LM422 were:

Sergeant Frank Bolton (2208887) (RAFVR) (Mid Upper Gunner)
Flight Sergeant John Noel Carter (576282) (RAF) (Navigator)
Flying Officer Richard Charles Collins (J/22842) (RCAF) (Bomb Aimer)
Sergeant Sidney Lascelles Fereday (1234319) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Allan Clyde Johns (417198) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Angus James Jubb (410241) (Pilot)
Sergeant Richard Whalley (973270) (RAF) (Rear Gunner)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veteran’s Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/21/130

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