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Gerald Bruce Johnson

Takapuna War Memorial WW2 name panel 5 (photo John Halpin, July 2013) - CC BY John Halpin

Takapuna War Memorial WW2 name panel 5 (photo John Halpin, July 2013) - CC BY John Halpin


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Gerald Bruce AWMM
  • Surname
    Johnson AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • NZ391859 AWMM
    • WWII 391859 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
  • Iwi
  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
  • Religion

Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    4 September 1919 AWMM AucklandNew Zealand AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Birth notes
  • Address before enlistment
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    Mr A.C. Johnson (father), Ellerslie, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
  • Relationship status


Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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  • Military training
    • Weraroa- 18 December 1939 AWMM
    • Air Observer's School, Ohakea -mid-January 1940 AWMM
    • 5 OTU, Aston Down -29 May 1940 AWMM
  • Branch Trade Proficiency
  • Enlistment
    WW2 Sep 1939 AWMM
    Age 20 AWMM
    Clothing Shop Assistant/Civilian AWMM
  • Occupation before enlistment
  • Age on enlistment


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Prisoner of war

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

Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Accidental Death, Cause of Death AWMM
    Killed in an aircraft accident AWMM

Biographical information

Biographical information

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  • Gerald Johnson was the son of Allan Cleveland Johnson and Lillian Beatrice Johnson, of Castor Bay, Auckland, New Zealand.

    Educated at Alfriston, Belmont and Mangere Bridge Schools.

    First job as a Clothing Assistant was at Waitemata Trading Co., followed by Hallenstein Bros.

    Awarded Air Gunners badge and Sergeant's Stripes 5 July 1940. He joined 23 Squadron at Collyweston the next day.

    Johnson was crew on a training flight which crashed.

    Remembered on the Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna.

    Portrait in Wynn, K. (1981). The Battle of Britain: 10 July- 31 October 1940 AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    28 May 1941 AWMM
    Age 21 AWMM
    ManstonEngland AWMM
  • Date of death
  • Age at death
  • Place of death
  • Cause of death
  • Death notes
  • Cemetery
    Clymping (St Mary) Churchyard, Sussex, England AWMM
  • Cemetery name
  • Grave reference
  • Obituary
  • Memorial name
  • Memorial reference



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  • Memorial name
    • Takapuna War Memorial, The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Takapuna War Memorial, (ex RSA Roll, on a boulder), The Strand, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand AWMM
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum, World War 2 Hall of Memories AWMM

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  • On a warm late summer afternoon I stumbled upon the Commonwealth War Graves at Clymping West Sussex UK. I was looking for access to the River Arun, and wasn't previously aware of this CWG site, so stopped and read each headstone. I came across that of G B Johnson RNZAF. He was only 21. My wife and I have very fond memories of NZ having visited in 2012, my daughter stayed 12 months recently and has developed ties with NZ. I wanted to research what happened to Mr Johnson and eventually found this site. As an ex-serviceman myself (RM) I wanted to show appreciation to those who lost their lives especially those who travelled so far from home to join the struggle. I will upload a picture of the headstone, and just wanted to say I stood in silence for a moment in respect.
    Public - Andy - 9 September 2016



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  • External links
  • References
    • Wynn, K. (1989). Men of the Battle of Britain. Norwich, England: Gliddon Books. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
    • Martyn, E. (1998-2008). For Your Tomorrow (Vols. 1-3). Christchurch, N.Z.: Volplane Press. AWMM
    • Wynn, K. (1981). A clasp for "The Few". Auckland. N.Z.: Author. AWMM
      Wynn, K. (1981). p. 236-237 AWMM
    • Ministry for Culture and Heritage. (2012). New Zealanders serving with RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, 10 July – 31 October 1940. [A list compiled by Ministry for Culture and Heritage with Errol Martyn]. AWMM


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