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Arthur Grahame Johns

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  • Service number
    NZ41907 AWMM
  • Also known as
    Bill Johns AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Last rank
    Flight Sergeant (Pilot)/Military AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Air Force, 75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF AWMM
  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
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Identity

  • Title
  • Forenames
    Arthur Grahame AWMM
  • Surname
    Johns AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
    Bill Johns AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ41907 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion
    Church of England, Christian AWMM

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Date of birth
    2 March 1922 AWMM
  • Place of birth
    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia AWMM
  • Birth notes
    Sydney, New South Wales, Australia AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
    WW2 Insurance Clerk/Civilian AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Address before enlistment
    Pre 09 Feb 1941 43 Bassett Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Arthur I. Johns (father), New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status
    Pre 14 Aug 1941 Single AWMM

Service

Wars and conflicts

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  • War
    World War II, 1939-1945 AWMM
  • Campaign
    Europe (Air) AWMM
  • Armed force / branch
    Air Force AWMM
  • Service number
    NZ41907 AWMM
  • Military service
    • 5 years as a School Cadet with the rank of Sergeant AWMM
    • Royal New Zealand Air Force, attached Royal Air Force AWMM
  • Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers

Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    • 1939-1945 Star AWMM
      Europe AWMM
    • Air Crew Europe Star AWMM
    • Defence Medal AWMM
    • War Medal 1939-1945 AWMM
    • New Zealand War Service Medal AWMM

Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    Initial training at Levin, 2EFTS Bell Block, NP, 3FTS Ohakea, RAF OTU Steeple Morden AWMM
  • Enlistment
    WW2 9 February 1941 AWMM
  • Age on enlistment
    WW2 18 AWMM

Embarkations

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  • Embarkation details
    WW2 Vessel was Awatea AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Air Force AWMM

Prisoner of war

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  • Capture details
  • Days interned
  • Liberation date
  • POW liberation details
  • POW serial number

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    • Weight, Unknown Period AWMM
      139 pounds AWMM
    • Height, Unknown Period AWMM
      5 feet 7 inches AWMM
    • Killed in Action, Cause of Death AWMM
      Killed on air operations AWMM

Last known rank

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  • Last rank
    Flight Sergeant (Pilot)/Military AWMM
    Royal New Zealand Air Force, 75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • The eldest son of Arthur and Eileen Mariane Johns (nee Mathias) of Auckland. One younger brother Bruce A. Johns. He had uneventful school days, keen on most things, sports etc. Educated at Wanganui Collegiate School 1935/39. Prefect, Cadet Sergeant, Captain 2nd XV.

    His first operation was the first 1000 bomber raid on Cologne, May 30 1942 as co-pilot.( Bomber Command sent more than 1000 bombers to raid Cologne. The raid was a considerable military and propaganda success. 45,000 people were made homeless in Cologne). After five operations he became aircraft captain. Last operation was his 17th, to Hamburg 28.29 July 1942. The aircraft, Wellington Z1570 AA-B, was shot down on return leg to UK. His total flying time was 321 hours.

    His first operation was the first 1,000 bomber raid on Colgne on May 30 1942 as a co-pilot. After five operations he became an Aircraft Captain. His last operation was his 17th, to Hamburg on 28/29 July 1942 when his plane was shot down.

    Mr Bruce Johns, his brother writes: "I visited the crash site in 1999 (a vegetable garden alongside a farmhouse), the village of Haftenkamp and met an eldery farmer who in 1942 was a boy of 15. At daylight he and others went to the site having heard the crash at about 2.30am. The aircraft apparently exploded in mid-air, probably from incendiary shells igniting partially empty fuel tanks. Debris was scattered - an engine, a wing, two bodies in the field, another in trees and pilot and front gunner in the wreckage. Those present were quickly chased away by soldiers who arrived soon after. German and English researchers have discovered that this aircraft was shot down by one Hauptmann August Geiger, born 1920. By September 1943 he had become one of Germany's notable air aces, being credited with 54 British aircraft. On the 29th of that month he was shot down by a British Mosquito Night Fighter - he parachuted safely but was drowned in the Zuider See."

    In 1998 Adriaan de Winter and Ton van Alphen undertook a project in the Reichswald Forest Cemetery photographing all the headstones of New Zealanders buried there. AWMM
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Death

About death

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  • Age at death
    20 AWMM
  • Date of death
    29 July 1942 AWMM
  • Cause of death
    Killed in Action AWMM
  • Place of death
    Europe AWMM
  • Death notes
    Europe AWMM
  • Cemetery name
    Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany AWMM
  • Grave reference
    15 E AWMM
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Sources

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  • External links
    Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
    http://www.cwgc.org
    Sources Used
  • Documents
    Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM