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Name: George Owen Johnson
Military Cross (MC)
Croix de Guerre with palm
George Johnson
Country: Canada
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 24, 84
Victories: 11
Born: 24 January 1896
Place of Birth: Woodstock, Ontario
Died: 28 March 1980
Place of Death: Vancouver, British Columbia
 
 
After teaching school in Alberta, George Owen Johnson joined the army in 1913. He transferred to the Royal Flying Corps in 1916 and was posted to 84 Squadron in early 1918. An S.E.5a pilot, Johnson scored 6 victories before he was reassigned to 24 Squadron as a flight commander on 18 April 1918. Scoring 5 more victories, he shared in the capture of Kurt Wüsthoff on 17 June 1918 when the German's Fokker D.VII was forced down near Cachy. When the war ended, Johnson returned to Canada and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. Earning a CB during World War II, he retired with the rank of Air Marshal in 1947.
 
Military Cross (MC)
T./Lt. George Owen Johnson, Gen. List, and R.F.C.
   For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Observing a large body of the enemy on a road, he descended to a low altitude and dropped four bombs, which exploded amongst them, causing the most severe casualties. He then attacked the enemy with machine-gun fire from a height of 20 feet, causing many more casualties and scattering them in all directions. On a later occasion, he secured four direct hits on a column of horse transport, and, diving down to 50 feet, by his persistent attacks held up an enemy advance for a considerable period. He has destroyed two hostile machines, has driven down two others out of control, and has always displayed the greatest courage and coolness in the most difficult situations.
 
Opponents
#11 Kurt WüsthoffGermany
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 16 Feb 1918 1115 84 S.E.5a (C5313) Albatros D.V (DES) SE of St. Quentin
2 18 Feb 1918 1100 84 S.E.5a Albatros D.V (OOC) SE of Beaurevoir
3 11 Mar 1918 1040 84 S.E.5a Albatros D.V (DES) 1 Lavergies
4 16 Mar 1918 1125 84 S.E.5a L.V.G. C (DES) 2 Villers-Outreaux
5 18 Mar 1918 1140 84 S.E.5a Albatros D.V (OOC) Sesquehart
6 12 Apr 1918 1130 84 S.E.5a DFW C (OOC) E of Albert
7 21 Apr 1918 1100 24 S.E.5a Balloon (DES) 3 La Quesnel
8 23 Apr 1918 1445 24 S.E.5a Pfalz D.III (DES) S of Warfusée
9 04 May 1918 1900 24 S.E.5a Fokker DR.I (OOC) Bray-Dompierre
10 12 Jun 1918 1200 24 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (OOC) Hangest
11 17 Jun 1918 1200 24 S.E.5a Fokker D.VII (CAP) 4 Cachy

1 Shared with Capt Frederick Brown
2 Shared with 2Lt Percy Hobson
3 Shared with Lt William Lambert
4 Shared with Capt Ian McDonald, Lt Horace Barton, Lt C E Walton (C4185)
 
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