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Name: Edgar Charles Johnston
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Edgar Johnston
Country: Australia
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 88
Victories: 20
Born: 30 April 1896
Place of Birth: Perth, Western Australia
Died: 22 May 1988
Place of Death: Melbourne, Victoria
 
 
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.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 10 Dec 1917 1200 24 D.H.5 (A9239) Albatros D.V (OOC) Honnecourt
2 18 May 1918 0730 88 Bristol F.2b (C4867) 1 Albatros D.V (OOC) N of Langemarck
3 18 May 1918 0735 88 Bristol F.2b (C4867) 1 Albatros D.V (DES) N of Langemarck
4 08 Jun 1918 88 Bristol F.2b 1 Albatros D.III (DES) E of Couckelaere
5 01 Jul 1918 1945 88 Bristol F.2b (C4867) 1 Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Westroosebeke
6 08 Aug 1918 1030 88 Bristol F.2b (E2458) 1 Fokker DR.I (DES) Provin
7 08 Aug 1918 1030 88 Bristol F.2b (E2458) 1 Fokker DR.I (OOC) Provin
8 11 Aug 1918 1130 88 Bristol F.2b (E2458) 1 Fokker D.VII (DES) Rancourt
9 11 Aug 1918 1135 88 Bristol F.2b (E2458) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Rancourt
10 13 Aug 1918 1610 88 Bristol F.2b (D8064) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Provin
11 19 Aug 1918 1030 88 Bristol F.2b (C4867) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) 5 Oignies
12 04 Sep 1918 0900 88 Bristol F.2b (C4867) 2 Fokker D.VII (DES) Seclin
13 04 Sep 1918 0915 88 Bristol F.2b (C4867) 2 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Phalempin
14 04 Sep 1918 0930 88 Bristol F.2b (C4867) 2 Fokker DR.I (OOC) Provin
15 20 Sep 1918 0755 88 Bristol F.2b 2 Fokker D.VII (DES) 6 SE of Quesnoy
16 22 Sep 1918 88 Bristol F.2b 2 LVG C (OOC)  
17 27 Sep 1918 1410 88 Bristol F.2b (E2533) 3 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Abancourt
18 02 Oct 1918 0815 88 Bristol F.2b (E2533) 4 Fokker D.VII (DES) Wavrin-Berclaw
19 02 Oct 1918 0815 88 Bristol F.2b (E2533) 4 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Wavrin-Berclaw
20 03 Oct 1918 1730 88 Bristol F.2b (E2533) Fokker D.VII (DES) Meurchin

1 Observer 2Lt John Rudkin
2 Observer Lt Walter Grant
3 Observer 2Lt H R Goss
4 Observer Sgt C M Maxwell
5 Shared with Lt Kenneth Conn & Lt Bertram Smyth
6 Shared with Lt Kenneth Conn & Lt Bruce Digby-Worsley, Lt George Poole & Sgt Charles Hill
 
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