Harry JOHNSON

Harry JOHNSON

Male 1918 - 1945  (~ 27 years)

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  • Name Harry JOHNSON 
    Born Mar 1918  Chorley, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Military Service 1944  Germany Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
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    Buried May 1945  Andaman Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
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    Military Service 17 May 1945  Andaman Islands Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • 355 Squadron Flight KH250 'Hawkeye' shot down on 17 May 1945 whilst performing low level bombing raids on Japanese positions at Port Blair, South Andaman Island. The craft came down in tidal marshes and the crew buried. The grave marker was damaged during the Boxing Day tsunami 2004
    Chatham Island, Port Blair
    Chatham Island, Port Blair
    Bombing raid on Chatham Island, Port Blair, Andaman Islands
    Died 17 May 1945  Port Blair, Andaman Islands Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Lib #15: KH250 "H" (HAWKEYE)
      •  A Mark VI Liberator of 355 Squadron
      •  Nose art of a cartoonish bird astride a bomb, plus the text HAWKEYE .
      •  Shot down (into the ground, not the sea) by anti-aircraft fire during a low-level bombing raid on Port Blair,
      Andaman Islands (Burma) on 17 May 1945.
      •  Only 1 parachute was spotted by other aircraft.
      •  Only 1 crewman's remains were recovered. He had died as a POW.
      •  10 crewmen are missing, with no known grave.
      •  The aircraft was captained by F/O Totham. It was his first trip with a new crew and they were being "screened",
      or observed, by P/O Duckworth, who had completed a full tour of ops with 355.
      •  I have corresponded with the kin of one crewman.
      Pilot: 177155 F/O Rowland TOTHAM DFC (RAF, from England)
      2nd Pilot: 1522985 F/Sgt John Herbert MCDOWALL (RAF, from England)
      Screen Pilot: 197862 P/O Robert James DUCKWORTH (RAF)
      Navigator: 1804316 F/Sgt Harold Walter EMERSON (RAF, from England)
      Bomb Aimer: 187828 F/O Ieuan Anthony MORGAN (RAF)
      Wireless Operator: 655366 W/O Harry JOHNSON (RAF, from England)
      Wireless Operator: 977546 W/O Hugh CAMPBELL (RAF, from Northern Ireland)
      Front Gunner: 179043 F/O Frederick Edward RUMSEY-WILLIAMS DFC (RAF, from England)
      Ball Gunner: 1557907 Sgt Leslie BENFELL (RAF)
      Mid-Upper Gunner: + 1516012 F/Sgt Harold WYNNE (RAF)
      Rear Gunner: 1380358 F/Sgt Robert Murdock Bannerman McPHERSON (RAF, from England)
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      [ Lib #15: KH250 "H", continued ]
      + Captured after bailing out. He died as a POW on South Andaman Island on 17
      August 1945 (after the dropping of the second atomic bomb) and lies buried in
      Kirkee War Cemetery, India.

      Further loss info: Due to weather, bombing had to be carried out from 2,000 feet. Flak was heavy and accurate. KH250 was hit on its dummy run over the target area at Port Blair, with smoke seen coming from #2 engine. The aircraft turned around, bombed its target, and then gradually lose height until it crashed into the ground and burst into flames on impact. Skipper: 177155 F/O Rowland Totham DFC. It was his first trip with a new crew, under the watchful eye of screen pilot 197862 F/S Robert James Duckworth. Only one parachute was seen, and only one crewman has a known grave: 1516012 F/Sgt Harold Wynne (AG), whose date of death is 17 Aug 1945. Apparently he was captured and died in Japanese hands. He lies buried in Grave 3.F.5 of Kirkee War Cemetery, India. The ten others aboard KH250 have no known graves.
    Notes 
    • Harry was a wireless operator on Flight KH250, 355 Squadron, part of the Liberator mission performing low level bombing runs on Japanese positions. His plane was shot down 17 May 1945 shortly before the Allied liberation of the Islands.
    Person ID I1093  Sampson Genealogy
    Last Modified 23 Feb 2015 

    Father Richard JOHNSON,   b. 5 Mar 1876, Southport, North Meols, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Aug 1948, Southport Infirmary, Scarisbrick New Rd, Southport, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Mother Maria SIMPSON,   b. 27 Jan 1879, Carpenters Row, Birkenhead, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 Apr 1963, Southport, North Meols, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 14 Oct 1910  Churchtown Independent Chapel, North Meols, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F443  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Florence Adeline FRYER,   b. Apr-Jun 1921, Barton Upon Irwell District, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Apr 2015, Swinton, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 94 years) 
    Married Between 1 Apr 1943 and 30 Jun 1943  Barton Upon Irwell District, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Last Modified 19 Dec 2013 
    Family ID F375  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Mar 1918 - Chorley, Lancashire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Between 1 Apr 1943 and 30 Jun 1943 - Barton Upon Irwell District, Lancashire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 17 May 1945 - Port Blair, Andaman Islands Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
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  • Sources 
    1. [S2320] In Memoriam : Airmen lost on active service after 578 squadron, > (http://www.578squadron.org.uk/memoriam/post578.html : accessed 10 May 2010). (Reliability: 3).

    2. [S2321] RAF Liberator crews, Matt Poole (Reliability: 3).
      Lib #15: KH250 "H" (HAWKEYE)
      •  A Mark VI Liberator of 355 Squadron
      •  Nose art of a cartoonish bird astride a bomb, plus the text HAWKEYE .
      •  Shot down (into the ground, not the sea) by anti-aircraft fire during a low-level bombing raid on Port Blair,
      Andaman Islands (Burma) on 17 May 1945.
      •  Only 1 parachute was spotted by other aircraft.
      •  Only 1 crewman's remains were recovered. He had died as a POW.
      •  10 crewmen are missing, with no known grave.
      •  The aircraft was captained by F/O Totham. It was his first trip with a new crew and they were being "screened",
      or observed, by P/O Duckworth, who had completed a full tour of ops with 355.
      •  I have corresponded with the kin of one crewman.
      Pilot: 177155 F/O Rowland TOTHAM DFC (RAF, from England)
      2nd Pilot: 1522985 F/Sgt John Herbert MCDOWALL (RAF, from England)
      Screen Pilot: 197862 P/O Robert James DUCKWORTH (RAF)
      Navigator: 1804316 F/Sgt Harold Walter EMERSON (RAF, from England)
      Bomb Aimer: 187828 F/O Ieuan Anthony MORGAN (RAF)
      Wireless Operator: 655366 W/O Harry JOHNSON (RAF, from England)
      Wireless Operator: 977546 W/O Hugh CAMPBELL (RAF, from Northern Ireland)
      Front Gunner: 179043 F/O Frederick Edward RUMSEY-WILLIAMS DFC (RAF, from England)
      Ball Gunner: 1557907 Sgt Leslie BENFELL (RAF)
      Mid-Upper Gunner: + 1516012 F/Sgt Harold WYNNE (RAF)
      Rear Gunner: 1380358 F/Sgt Robert Murdock Bannerman McPHERSON (RAF, from England)
      9
      [ Lib #15: KH250 "H", continued ]
      + Captured after bailing out. He died as a POW on South Andaman Island on 17
      August 1945 (after the dropping of the second atomic bomb) and lies buried in
      Kirkee War Cemetery, India.