After serving with the Australian Imperial Force, Edgar Charles Johnston joined the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. By the end of the year, he scored his first victory as a D.H.5 pilot serving with 24 Squadron. In 1918, he returned to England where he joined 88 Squadron before returning to France as the commander of B Flight. Flying Bristol Fighters, he and his observers downed 19 enemy aircraft before the Armistice was signed. Returning home to Australia, Johnston later became Assistant Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation and was employed by Qantas Airlines before he retired in 1967.
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lt. (T./Capt.) Edgar Charles Johnston.
A brilliant and most dashing leader who greatly distinguished himself on the 4th of September. Leading his flight of four machines (including his own), he saw a patrol of fourteen Fokkers. Undaunted by the disparity in numbers, he, without hesitation, engaged and completely defeated them. He shot down one machine in flames himself, and three others were driven down out of control. Continuing his patrol, he shortly afterwards saw a second formation of eight Fokkers. His machine was badly shot about and much of his ammunition expended, but this did not deter him from at once attacking them. In this engagement three Fokkers were accounted for, one of which he himself shot down, thus making a total of seven enemy machines disposed of by his flight of four in one morning. A very fine performance, reflecting the greatest credit on all engaged.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 2 November 1918 (30989/12968)