LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer James Geoffrey JOHNSON

Service No: 408252
Born: Zeehan TAS, 16 June 1923
Enlisted in the RAAF: 17 July 1941
Unit: No. 220 Squadron (RAF), Azores
Died: Aircraft Accident (No. 220 Squadron B-17 Flying Fortress aircraft FK206), off Azores, 4 December 1943, Aged 20 Years
Buried: Lajes War Cemetery, Azores
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Alex Arthur and Amy Florence Johnson, of Burnie, Tasmania, Australia.
Roll of Honour: Burnie TAS
Remembered: Panel 124, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT

Flying Fortress FK206 of 220 Squadron on a non-operational flight on 4 December 1943 crashed in the sea two and a half miles north of Lajes, Azores. It took off normally but two miles from the end of the runway it turned to starboard and either dived or stalled into the sea. The cause of the crash is not known

The crew members of FK206 were:

Warrant Officer Joseph Edouard Roch Boudreault (R/125388) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant Michael Patrick Campion GC (George Cross) (536451) (RAF) (Air Gunner)
Warrant Officer II Carl Thomas Flack (R/121119) (RCAF) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer James Geoffrey Johnson (408252) (Observer)
Pilot Officer Harold Lawson (149162) (RAFVR) (Wireless Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Desmond Edward Morris (132320) (RAFVR) (First Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Robert Noel Morrison (1192004) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Pilot Officer Arthur Pearce (406868) (Wireless Operator/Air 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, 166/21/103

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