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George Leonard Johnson
George 'Johnnie' Johnson
Name : George Leonard Johnson
Distinguished Flying Medal
Joining the RAF in 1940, George Johnson served with 97 Squadron before joining 617 Squadron. Bomb aimer on American Joe McCarthy’s Lancaster AJ-T, they attacked the Sorpe Dam, for which he was awarded the DFM. Commissioned a few months later, George retired from the RAF in 1962.
Known Service Details :
Start of Service
End of Service
Artwork signed by this Pilot or Aircrew
The Hardest Task by Ivan Berryman. (P)
Attack on the Sorpe by Ivan Berryman. (P)
A Wing and a Prayer by Ivan Berryman.
Tragedy at the Eder by Ivan Berryman. (C)
A Lucky Escape by Ivan Berryman.
Not This Time by Ivan Berryman.
Unmissable Chance by Ivan Berryman.
617 Squadron Outbound to the Ruhr by Ivan Berryman.
Undetected by Ivan Berryman.
Bombing Up by Ivan Berryman.
The Horror and the Glory by Ivan Berryman.
First Strike by Ivan Berryman.
Goner 78A - The Dambusters Raid by Tim Fisher. (B)
The Dambusters by Graeme Lothian. (B)
The Dambusters by Simon Smith.
Third Time Lucky by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Operation Chastise - The Night They Broke the Dams by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Operation Chastise - The Dambusters by Philip West.
Every Second Counts - The Dambusters by Philip West.
En-Route by Anthony Saunders.
Well on the Way to Make History - the Dambusters by David Pentland. (C)
Inbound to Target - The Dambusters by Robert Taylor.
Dambusters - The First Wave by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
Dambusters - Moment of Truth by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
The Dambusters by Gerald Coulson.
Attack on the Sorpe by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
The Eder Breaks by Ivan Berryman. (AP)
Homeward Bound by Nicolas Trudgian. (B)
Dambusters Outward Bound by Simon Smith (B)
Summer Harvest by Gerald Coulson. (AP)
Dambusters - The Impossible Mission by Robert Taylor.
Dambusters - The Morning After by Gerald Coulson.
Night of Heroes - The Dambusters by Philip West.
Enemy Coast Ahead - The Dambusters by Philip West.
Dambusters - Breaching the Eder Dam by Robert Taylor.
Enemy Coast Ahead by Simon Atack. (B)
Low Pass Over the Möhne Dam by Anthony Saunders.
The Dambusters by Ivan Berryman. (APB)
Bomb Away! The Third Assault by Robert Taylor.
Towards Night's Darkness by Robert Taylor.
The Breach by Anthony Saunders.
The Dambusters - Last Moments of the Möhne Dam by Robert Taylor.
On Course for the Möhne Dam by Richard Taylor.
Pathway to the Ruhr by Anthony Saunders.
The Dambusters - Three Good Bounces by Robert Taylor.
Tractor Girl by David Pentland. (P)
Topping Up by David Pentland. (P)
Dam Defenders by David Pentland. (P)
Tribute to the 617 Sqn Dambusters Crew of Lancaster AJ-N by David Pentland. (P)
Tribute to the 617 Sqn Dambusters Crew of Lancaster AJ-L by David Pentland. (P)
Tribute to the 617 Sqn Dambusters Crew of Lancaster AJ-G by David Pentland. (P)
Tribute to the 617 Sqn Dambusters Crew of Lancaster AJ-P by David Pentland. (P)
Tribute to the 617 Sqn Dambusters Crew of Lancaster AJ-M by David Pentland. (P)
Tribute to the 617 Sqn Dambusters Crew of Lancaster AJ-A by David Pentland. (P)
The Secret Weapon by David Pentland. (P)
A Lincolnshire Sunset 1944 by Gerald Coulson (AP)
Artwork featuring the mounted signature of this Pilot or Aircrew
Tragedy at the Eder by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Tragedy Above Hamm by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Bravest of the Brave by Ivan Berryman. (B)
Attack on the Sorpe by Ivan Berryman. (D)
Raining Fire by Ivan Berryman. (B)
The Eder Breaks by Ivan Berryman. (B)
The Dambusters by Ivan Berryman. (B)
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George 'Johnnie' Johnson
Known Individual Aircraft :
|Aircraft for : George Leonard Johnson|
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Manufacturer : Avro
Production Began : 1942
Retired : 1963
Number Built : 7377
The Avro Lancaster arose from the avro Manchester and the first prototype Lancaster was a converted Manchester with four engines. The Lancaster was first flown in January 1941, and started operations in March 1942. By March 1945 The Royal Air Force had 56 squadrons of Lancasters with the first squadron equipped being No.44 Squadron. During World War Two the Avro Lancaster flew 156,000 sorties and dropped 618,378 tonnes of bombs between 1942 and 1945. Lancaster Bomberss took part in the devastating round-the-clock raids on Hamburg during Air Marshall Harris' Operation Gomorrah in July 1943. Just 35 Lancasters completed more than 100 successful operations each, and 3,249 were lost in action. The most successful survivor completed 139 operations, and the Lancaster was scrapped after the war in 1947. A few Lancasters were converted into tankers and the two tanker aircraft were joined by another converted Lancaster and were used in the Berlin Airlift, achieving 757 tanker sorties. A famous Lancaster bombing raid was the 1943 mission, codenamed Operation Chastise, to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley. The operation was carried out by 617 Squadron in modified Mk IIIs carrying special drum shaped bouncing bombs designed by Barnes Wallis. Also famous was a series of Lancaster attacks using Tallboy bombs against the German battleship Tirpitz, which first disabled and later sank the ship. The Lancaster bomber was the basis of the new Avro Lincoln bomber, initially known as the Lancaster IV and Lancaster V. (Becoming Lincoln B1 and B2 respectively.) Their Lancastrian airliner was also based on the Lancaster but was not very successful. Other developments were the Avro York and the successful Shackleton which continued in airborne early warning service up to 1992.
|Squadrons for : George Leonard Johnson|
|A list of all squadrons known to have been served with by George Leonard Johnson. A profile page is available by clicking the squadron name.|
No.617 Sqn RAF
Country : UK
Founded : 23rd March 1943
Apres mois, le deluge - After me, the flood
|No.617 Sqn RAF|
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No.97 Sqn RAF
Country : UK
Founded : 1st December 1917
Fate : Disbanded 2nd January 1967
Achieve your aim
|No.97 Sqn RAF|
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