New England Air Museum
William W. Johnson
William Johnson, Clovis, NM 1944
William Johnson, Clovis, NM 1944
Recent Address:
18914 Marine View Dr., SW, Seattle, WA 98166-3846
Family Information:
Parents: William and Mary; Wife: Josephine; Children: Robert, Cindy
Blytheville, AR
Date Entered Service:
November 7, 1942
Service Number:
Bomb Group:
Location of Unit:
CBI - arrived June 18, 1944
Missions Flown:
35 - 19 from CBI and 16 from West Field, Tinian
Hump Missions Flown:
Palembang, Anshan, Formosa, Rangoon, Omura, Mukden, Nagoya, Tokyo, Yokohama, Osaka, Kobe, Takasuki, Kure, Takamatsu, Utsonomiya, Namazu, Fukui
Good Conduct Medal, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars and 1 Bronze Service Stars, several Unit Citations
Service Schools Attended:
Airplane Electrical - Chanute Field, IL Jun 1943;
Boeing Flight School, Seattle, WA Oct 1943;
B-29 Armorers - Lowery Field, Denver, CO Dec 1943
Military Specialty(ies):
MOS 1685-B-29 Left Gunner
Rank Upon Discharge:
Staff Sergeant
Crew Type:
Flight crew
Airplane Serial No.& Name:
42-24487 Bengal Lancer, 42-63415 Jolly Roger, 44-69977 Miss Peggy
Were you a POW?
Were you interned?
Date Transferred from the 58th:
August 6, 1945
Date Discharged from the 58th:
September 18, 1945
Post-WWII Military Service:
Served 3 years (3/20/50 to 5/19/53) in AFRES (non-flying) Air Installation (497th Boeing Field, Seattle) unit. Call up for active duty (21 months) on 2/16/51 to 10/25/52; included 18 months of active duty with 73rd Air Installation; 73rd Air Depot Wing in Chateauroux, France (NATO). I was the NCOIC of the Engineering Office while at this base. Upon returning to Seattle was put on inactive reserve status. At my request I was discharged from the AFRES on May 19, 1953 with the rank of M/Sgt.
Post-WWII Civilian Occupation(s):
Worked as civil engineer in construction as project engineer, estimator, superintendent to project manager with corporate officer positions.
Thoughts on the 58th Bomb Wing:
I feel it was a privilege and honor to have been chosen to serve with the 468th (the Billy Mitchell Group) from 6/28/44 to my last mission on 7/28/45.
In my opinion, the flight crews' survival was due to the ground crews (crew chief, mechanics, armorers, control tower operators, Boeing engineers, and all the other ground personnel) that were dedicated hard-working people that made the 58th a great organization.


Previous 58th Bomb Wing Veterans Index Next