LEST WE FORGET

Sergeant Raymond Dalwood JOHNSTON

Service No: 445230
Born: Parramatta NSW, 18 April 1926
Enlisted in the RAAF: 20 may 1944
Unit: No. 7 Operational Training Unit
Died: Injuries from an Aircraft Accident (No. 7 Operational Training Unit Liberator aircraft A72-112 on 14 February 1945), near Tocumwal NSW, 15 February 1945, Aged 18 Years
Buried: Tocumwal General Cemetery, NSW
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Norman Dalwood Johnston and Kathleen May Johnston, of Parramatta
Roll of Honour: Parramatta NSW
Remembered: Panel 112, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: St Philip’s Anglican Church Roll of Honour, Eastwood NSW
Remembered: M.W.S. and D.B. (Metropolitan Water Sewerage and Drainage Board) 1939-1945, Sydney NSW

At 2315 hours on the 14 February 1945, Liberator A72-112 crashed one mile east of the airfield during a night non-operational cross country training flight and two of the crew members lost their lives. All the crew members were undergoing conversion to the Liberator aircraft.

The crew members of A72-112 were:

Sergeant Leslie Herbert Brown (Navigator) (431694) Seriously Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 13 November 1945
Flying Officer Glen Mervyn Brugman (414758) (Pilot) Seriously injured Discharged from the RAAF: 20 January 1946
Warrant Officer Norman Duncan Henderson (408819) (Second Pilot) Seriously injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 15 November 1945
Warrant Officer Keith Herman (415655) (Air Bomber) Slightly Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 11 January 1946
Sergeant William George Hobbs (441074) (Air Gunner) Seriously Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 28 March 1947
Sergeant Raymond Dalwood Johnston (445230) (Air Gunner) Fatally injured, Died: 15 February 1945
Warrant Officer Allen Leslie Jones (14233) (Wireless Operator Air)
Sergeant Donald Kirk MacKenzie (444953) (Air Gunner) Slightly Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 1 June 1948
Corporal George Sutherland Rennie McLeod (15381) (Flight Engineer) Dangerously Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 21 March 1946
Warrant Officer Douglas Lloyd Simpson (402756) (Wireless Operator Air) Slightly Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 10 October 1947
Sergeant John Arthur Wilson (431693) (Wireless Operator Air) Slightly Injured, Discharged from the RAAF: 20 September 1945

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/21/257; A9845, 72
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line