JOHNSTON, ROBERT

Birthdate
Birthplace
Bankstown, New South Wales, Australia
Age
26
Parents
Son of Robert and Isabella Bain Johnston of Kensington, New South Wales, Australia
Religion
Presbyterian
Occupation
Carter
Service number
402360
Engagement
1940-08-19, Sydney, Australia
Overseas
1940-12-28, Canada
Date of death
1941-12-08
Died
Belgium, Killed in action
Force
Rank
Regiment (Fallen buddies)
Awards
Royal Australian Air Force
Plot 3 | Row AA | Grave 11

"HE LIVED WITH HONOUR AND HE DIED FOR FAITH"

Military grave
Additional info

Awarded the Air Observer Badge on May 26, 1941.

Overseas from Canada to U.K. on July 20, 1941.

Assigned to the 82 R.A.F. Sqdn on November 24, 1941.

Blenheim V5876-UX-J took off from RAF Bodney at 2342 hours on the night of 7/8th
December 1941, detailed to bomb the docks at Oostende, Belgium, from a height of
10,000 feet. Nothing was heard from the aircraft after take off and it failed to return to
base. Eight other aircraft made attacks on the same target over a period of about 20
minutes. The aircraft was hit my FLAK (German Anti Aircraft) and crashed in Zandvoorde, Belgium.

Crew:
Pilot Officer Thomas McSkimming Wilson 104525 (Pilot), Royal Air Force, 82 Sqdn.
Sergeant Robert Johnston 402360 (Observer), Royal Australian Air Force, 82 (R.A.F.) Sqdn.
Sergeant Frederick Charles Hubbard 1256349 (Wireless Operator/ Air Gunner), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 82 Sqdn.

JOHNSTON, ROBERT Royal Australian Air Force