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Ashford in Kent, England, United Kingdom
 

Lt. W.H. Johnson

Johnsonís Corner

 
 
Lt. W.H. Johnson Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 8, 2018
1. Lt. W.H. Johnson Memorial
Inscription.
Lt. W.H. Johnson
U.S.A.F.
Lost His Life When
His B17 Crashed
In This Area
13 – 4 – 44

 
Erected by Johnsonís Corner Memorial Association.
 
Location. 51° 3.013′ N, 0° 51.32′ E. Marker is in Ashford, England, in Kent. Marker is at the intersection of Marsh Road and England Route A2070, on the left when traveling south on Marsh Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Ashford, England TN26 2QW, United Kingdom.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within 8 kilometers of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Ranterís Oak (approx. 6.6 kilometers away).
 
Regarding Lt. W.H. Johnson.
Lt. William Johnson was the pilot of a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, named “Spare Parts”, of the 711th Bombardment Squadron, 447th Bombardment Group, based at Rattlesden Bury St. Edmunds, Suffolk.

On April 13, 1944 “Spare Parts” was on a mission to attack a target in Augsburg in Bavaria, southern Germany. Soon after crossing the French coast the formation came under heavy flak fire which caused a number of planes to abort and head home, including Johnsonís aircraft, having suffered heavy damage.

Losing
Lt. W.H. Johnson Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 8, 2018
2. Lt. W.H. Johnson Memorial
altitude all the way, Johnson ordered his crew to abandon their plane once it reached the English coast. Lt. Johnson stayed with the plane. As it was heading towards the village of Hamstreet in Kent, he deliberately crashed the plane into a field so as to save the village. Lt. Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross posthumously.
 
Categories. War, World II
 
Lt. W.H. Johnson Memorial image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 8, 2018
3. Lt. W.H. Johnson Memorial
A nearby marker describes the events of April 13, 1944
Lt. W.H. Johnson Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, September 8, 2018
4. Lt. W.H. Johnson Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on January 10, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 38 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 10, 2019, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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