Johnston (P)

The Squadron’s Operations Record Book shows that P Johnston was the Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft on the following sorties:

  1. 05/07/1941 Magdeburg
  2. 07/07/1941 Frankfurt
  3. 08/07/1941 Merseburg
  4. 13/07/1941 Hanover
  5. 19/07/1941 Hanover
  6. 21/07/1941 Mannheim
  7. 24/07/1941 La Pallice
  8. 30/07/1941 Cologne
  9. 02/08/1941 Berlin
  10. 05/08/1941 Karlsruhe
  11. 07/08/1941 Essen
  12. 12/08/1941 Berlin
  13. 14/08/1941 Magdeburg

The following shows the composition of his crew on these sorties, along with the number of sorties undertaken by each airman as part of his crew (as recorded in the squadron’s Operations Record Book). It should be noted that some of these sorties may have been aborted and therefore would not have counted for the purposes of their “Operational Tour”. Details of all flights (including training flights) will be recorded in their Flying Log Books:

(Pilot)Peter Johnston13
(2nd Pilot)Duncan Gordon McKay1
Frederick Scrivens6
Stanley Linwood Pettingale6
(Observer)SO? Burton13
(WOP / AG)– Croxford2
Albert James Heller1
David Lionel Perry11
Ronald Leslie Somerville9
Ernest H Jackson1
(Air Gunner)– Sankey12
Alfred William Rose1
(WOP / AG)E Kinsella2
(Flight Engineer)Donald Harrington Craig2
Frank Stewart11

Extract from RL Somerville’s Flying Log Book [Courtesy of MAHC]


It is believed that the same P Johnston returned to the squadron in 1943; the Squadron’s Operations Record Book shows that he was the Captain of a 35 Squadron aircraft on the following sorties:

  1. 23/01/1943 Lorient
  2. 26/01/1943 Lorient
  3. 03/02/1943 Hamburg
  4. 04/02/1943 Turin
  5. 11/02/1943 Wilhelmshaven
  6. 13/02/1943 Lorient
  7. 16/02/1943 Lorient
  8. 18/02/1943 Wilhelmshaven
  9. 25/02/1943 Nuremberg
  10. 22/03/1943 St.Nazaire
  11. 27/03/1943 Berlin
  12. 28/03/1943 St.Nazaire
  13. 04/04/1943 Kiel
  14. 10/04/1943 Frankfurt
  15. 14/04/1943 Stuttgart
  16. 16/04/1943 Pilsen (Incident)
  17. 12/05/1943 Duisburg (Incident)
  18. 13/05/1943 Pilsen
  19. 23/05/1943 Dortmund
  20. 25/05/1943 Dusseldorf
  21. 29/05/1943 Wuppertal (Failed to Return)

The following shows the composition of his crew on these sorties, along with the number of sorties undertaken by each airman as part of his crew (as recorded in the squadron’s Operations Record Book). Details of all flights (including training flights) will be recorded in their Flying Log Books:

(Pilot)Peter Johnston21
(2nd Dickie)Ernest Alfred Roede1
(Navigator)Peter Geoffrey Powell16
Reginald Gordon Houston5
(Observer)Elmer Harold Anthony1
(Air Bomber)– Glasspool1
Roy Wood19
(Wireless Operator)Benjamin Thomas Royall21
(Air Gunner)Andrew Walt Cowan19
Charles Fullerton Stewart2
Michael Thomas Byrne1
 Harold John Rogers20
(Flight Engineer)Frederick James Jarvis21

Extract from BT Royall’s Flying Log Book [Courtesy of Peter Royall]


Believed to be P Johnston Crew [Courtesy of Peter Royall]

Posting Dates

JohnstonPeter25/04/1941In From:58 Squadron
12/06/1941Out to:90 Squadron
28/06/1941In From:90 Squadron
15/09/1941Out to:22 OTU
15/01/1943In From:1652 C.U.
29/05/1943Out to:War Casualty