Arthur Grahame Johns Born 2 March 1922 - Died 29 July 1942 PDF Print Share Key details Service numberNZ41907 AWMM Also known asBill Johns AWMM ForceAir Force AWMM Last rankFlight Sergeant (Pilot) AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force, 75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF AWMM WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM Lay a poppy Portrait (kindly provided by family) - This image may be sub … Read more View gallery Hide sources Show empty fields Identity About Contribute › Title ForenamesArthur Grahame AWMM SurnameJohns AWMM Ingoa Also known asBill Johns AWMM Service numberNZ41907 AWMM Gender Iwi Hapū Waka Rohe ReligionChurch of England, Christian AWMM Images and documents Images Contribute › Documents Contribute › Civilian life About birth Contribute › Date of birth2 March 1922 AWMM Place of birthSydney, New South Wales, Australia AWMM Birth notesSydney, New South Wales, Australia AWMM Occupation before enlistmentWW2 Insurance Clerk AWMM Post war occupation Address before enlistmentPre 09 Feb 1941 43 Bassett Road, Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM Next of kin on embarkationArthur I. Johns (father), New Zealand AWMM Relationship statusPre 14 Aug 1941 Single AWMM Service Wars and conflicts Contribute › WarWorld War II, 1939-1945 AWMM CampaignsFrance and Germany (TBC) AWMM ForceAir Force AWMM Service numberNZ41907 AWMM Military service5 years as a School Cadet with the rank of Sergeant AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force, attached Royal Air Force AWMM Promotions/ Postings/ Transfers Miilitary decorations Contribute › Medals and Awards1939-1945 Star AWMMEurope AWMMAir Crew Europe Star AWMMDefence Medal AWMMWar Medal 1939-1945 AWMMNew Zealand War Service Medal AWMM Training and Enlistment Contribute › Military trainingInitial training at Levin, 2EFTS Bell Block, NP, 3FTS Ohakea, RAF OTU Steeple Morden AWMM EnlistmentWW2 9 February 1941 AWMM Age on enlistmentWW2 18 AWMM Embarkations Contribute › Embarkation detailsWW2 Vessel was Awatea AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force AWMM Prisoner of war Contribute › Capture details Days interned Liberation date POW liberation details POW serial number Medical history Contribute › Medical notesWeight, Unknown Period AWMM139 pounds AWMMHeight, Unknown Period AWMM5 feet 7 inches AWMMKilled in Action, Cause of Death AWMMKilled on air operations AWMM Last known rank Contribute › Last rankFlight Sergeant (Pilot) AWMMRoyal New Zealand Air Force, 75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF AWMM Biographical information Biographical information Contribute › 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 Read more Death About death Contribute › Age at death20 AWMM Date of death29 July 1942 AWMM Cause of deathKilled in Action AWMM Place of deathEurope AWMM Death notesEurope AWMM Cemetery nameReichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany AWMM Grave reference15 E AWMM Memorial name Memorial reference Obituary Roll of Honour Remember Arthur Grahame Johns by laying a poppy. Andrew Robertson Johns Arthur Francis Johns Arthur Grahame Johns B.. Johns D.N. Johns Lay a poppy for 2016 Leave a note Leave a tribute or memory of Arthur Grahame Johns Leave a note Contribute › Processing Sources Sources Contribute › External linksCommonwealth War Graves Commission.http://www.cwgc.orgSources Used DocumentsMartyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM Seen an error on this page? Tell us about it.