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Stationed at Debert following completion of operational toursRecently pictured packing Goodwill Bomb Cannister
OMEMEE, November 14 – PNS. – Of much interest locally is the recent much publicized photograph of Flt.-Lt. Johnson, D.F.C. of Omemee, pictured as he packs a bomb canister with magazines, smokes and candy, to be delivered via bomber to a lighthouse keeper on a lonely island in the Bay of Fundy.
The officer’s mess of an RCAF station to which Flt.-Lt. is attached, has adopted the light-keeper as the object of their affections and they see to it that he is kept well supplied with comforts.
F.L. James R.F. Johnson, D.F.C., is the son of Mrs. Johnson and the late Robert F. Johnson of Glen Farm, Omemee.
As a boy Jim Johnson attended the Public and High Schools of Omemee, later Lindsay Collegiate Institute. Following thie he assisted his father in the work and management of their farm just west of Omemee.
In December of 1940 he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force reporting for duty at Manning Pool in January of the following year. He received his training in Jarvis, Toronto, Windsor and Brantford, where he graduated as a Pilot, receiving his wings in October 1941. Following this he was sent to Penfield N.B. for further training in Navigation. Late in the same year he was posted to No. 1 Wireless School in Montreal where for seven months he served as staff pilot. On August 1, 1942 he was posted overseas and arrived in England late in October. Before leaving Canada he received his Commission of Pilot Officer. Further advancements in rank first to Flying Officer and then to Flight Lieutenant were awarded overseas. After some months of intensive training, F.L. Johnson was posted to Squadron 418 called the City of Edmonton Intruder Squadron. Since then he has completed a tour of operational trips over France and Germany, flying a Mosquito Bomber with his Navigator, F.O. James Gibbons of Vancouver. More than once they were mentioned in dispatches as having been successful in shooting down enemy planes and on March 18 1944 it was announced that Flight Lieutenant Johnson had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Early in May of this year he arrived back in Canada for a month’s leave and in June was posted to Debert, Nova Scotia where he has remained since as an Instructor.
Before embarking for overseas, James Johnson, then Sgt. Pilot was married to Anne Henery of Carleton Place. She too was serving in the RCAF on the nursing staff of the hospital of TTS St. Thomas Ontario. In July of this year Mrs. Johnson received her discharge from the RCAF and has been living with her husband in Debert. F.L. Johnson’s mother, Mrs. R.E. Johnson and his sister Miss Helen Johnson both reside in Toronto.