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.
Supplement to the London Gazette, 22 June 1918 (30761/7414)