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Paul Jones JOHNSON

Paul Jones JOHNSON

Male 1923 - 1974  (51 years)

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  • Name Paul Jones JOHNSON 
    Born 20 Feb 1923  Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 28 Jul 1974  Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Macon Memorial Park Cemetery, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Paul enlisted in the United States Army Air Force on 31 Mar 1943, at age 20.

      Flight training took place at McDill Air Force Base, Tampa Florida where he was technically trained as a Radio Operator on the B-17 Flying Fortress.

      Paul was assigned to:
      15th Air Force
      301st Bombardment Group Heavy
      352nd Bomb Squadron

      From McDill, he and his crew flew to Brazil and then on to Tunisia in Northern Africa. From there, they flew to Lucera Airfield near Lucera Italy, arriving on Sunday, 17 September 1944.
      He flew his first mission the following Wednesday, 20 September 1944

      Over the course of the next 7 months, he flew 52 missions. At the time he enlisted the standard tour of duty was 25 missions. This number increased to 30 and then to 35 but the commitment was to serve for the duration of the war.

      There were two missions in which their B-17 Flying Fortress was badly damaged.

      On Friday, 13th October 1944, they ?returned to base from Vienna with No 4 Engine out and Tokyo Tanks punctured.?

      On Friday, 16th 1945, they were returning to base from a mission over Munich Airdrome, Germany and the..." No 2 Engine wouldn't feather. Returned to base alone. Just cleared Alps. Ship was shaking badly. Cowling and part of engine was shaken off. Started to bail out in middle of Germany, then we started to go to Switzerland. Ship stopped shaking so badly and we manged to get back to base with empty gas tanks."

      WWII ended in Europe on 8 May 1945 with the invasion of Germany and the fall of Berlin

      Due to the number of missions he had flown, Paul was among the first to be discharged after the war.

      Paul was awarded:
      European?African?Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
      Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters (equivalent of 3 Air Medals)
      Four Battle Stars
      Good Conduct Medal

      In civilian life, Paul was a commercial builder and in the late 1950?s was engaged by the United States Army Corp of Engineers to build a new runway at Robins Air Force Base. This was in response to a Strategic Air Command effort to place nuclear alert aircraft on the eastern side of the base. SAC units at Robins were then able to operate the long range B-52 "Stratofortresses".
    Person ID I10  Johnson & Hanson
    Last Modified 19 Jan 2021 

    Father Paul Dean JOHNSON,   b. 15 Jan 1882, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 03 Feb 1955, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Sallie Blanny JONES,   b. 14 Aug 1886, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 May 1959, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 27 Nov 1907 
    Family ID F2  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Living 
    Children 
    +1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Larry Daniel JOHNSON,   b. 18 Dec 1951, Macon, Bibb County, Georgia Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 May 2018, Lakeland, FL Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years)
    Family ID F6  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Macon Memorial Park Cemetery, Bibb County, Georgia Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Paul J Johnson.jpg
    Paul J Johnson.jpg
    Paul Johnson in Uniform
    Paul Johnson in Uniform
    Paul Johnson Air Medal
    Paul Johnson Air Medal
    Awarded first Air Medal on 30 October 1944, General Order #4256.. "for meritorious achievement in aerial flight while participating in sustained operational activities against the enemy between 20 September to 16 October 1944."Subsequently awarded two additional Air Medals.
    Paul Johnson Air Medal Ribbon with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
    Paul Johnson Air Medal Ribbon with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters
    Awarded three Air Medals in total as designated by the addition of two Oak Leaf Clusters
    Paul Johnson EAME Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars
    Paul Johnson EAME Ribbon with 4 Battle Stars
    The European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal was awarded for service performed in the theater areas of Europe and North Africa. The four battle stars represent multiple battle campaigns.
    Paul Johnson B-17 Bomber 'Lil' Bug'
    Paul Johnson B-17 Bomber "Lil' Bug"
    B-17 Bomber "Lil' Bug" with Left wing gunner Tim McMahon

  • Sources 
    1. [S11] Georgia Deaths 1919-1998_ Paul J Johnson.