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Sgt Alonzia 'Earl' Johnston, Jr
Birth: Sep. 9, 1923
Death: Jun. 10, 1943

S/SGT USAAF WWII
34th BG, 7th B Sq
Flight Engineer/Gunner

He was the son of Alonzia Earl Johnston, Sr and Julia Annetta 'Anna' Westover. He graduated from McKinley High School in 1942 in Canton, Stark Co, OH. In high school, he played the tuba and was known as Earl. He had sisters Esther C and Dean E, and a brother, Edwin Ray Johnston.

He enlisted 23 Oct 1942 at Ft Columbus, OH and achieved the rating of Staff Sergeant after only 8 months.
As a Gunner, he was killed when B-24E #42-7119 crashed due to mechanical failure over Weed, Siskiuou Co, CA on 10 June 1943. He did not survive the crash. He died attempting to save his fellow crew member, Sgt Kennedy, in assisting him to exit the aircraft when his gear became hung up on the waist door opening.

The crew members were~

2nd LT Alfred J Demeusy, ASN O-794542, Pilot, from Oakdale NY, Bailed Out
FO George F Churchwell, Jr, ASN T-60915, CoPilot, from Leakesville MS, DNB
1st LT Douglas J Thornburg, ASN O-439091, Instructor Pilot, from Casa Grande AZ, Bailed Out
2nd LT George H Clarke, ASN O-798071, Navigator, from Cooperstown NY. DNB
2nd LT Charles L Wiest, ASN O-736742, Bombardier, from Baltimore MD, Bailed Out
SSGT Willet F Draker, ASN 35329411, Engineer, from Ft Wayne IN, DNB
SSGT William W Powell, Jr, ASN 18117310, Engineer, from Houston TX, DNB
SSGT Alvin Dschaak, ASN 39610191, Radio Operator, from Beulah ND, Bailed Out
SSGT Alonzia E Johnston, Jr, ASN 15323452, Gunner, from Canton OH, DNB
SSGT John F Kennedy, ASN 15333120, Gunner, from Peru IN, DNB

The crew is listed here in the virtual cemetery for B-24E #42-7119.

Lt Thornburg, along with his crew, died three weeks later on 06 Jul 1943 in B-24E #42-7160 while on a search and rescue mission for two airmen that bailed out over the Pacific in B-24E #42-7011 'The Eddie Rickenbacker' Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson's Crew. While on a combat mission over interior China to Bangkok, Thailand, this crew also bailed out of B-24J #42-72835 'Flamingo II' of the 308th BG, 373rd B Sq, although there were several different crew members on board that day. All bailed out safely, however, Pilot Major Thorel 'Skip' Johnson reported that they 'were twenty-one days walking back to [their] base'.

The crash of B-24E #42-7160 and the site was more recently visited and documented by aviation archaeologist and wreckfinder G Pat Macha.

Sgt Alvin Dschaak was killed later in December 1943 in B-24J #42-73428 ‘Big Nig'; he and 8 others were KIA, there was one survivor, SSgt Robert Renner, who was captured and taken as a POW.

Lt Charles L Wiest and his crew was shot down over Germany on 8 April 1944 in B-24J #42-73506 'Black Jack'; Lt Wiest and 8 other crewman survived and became POWs, however the Pilot, Lt Guy Johnson was killed on the ground.

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 Parents:
  Alonzia Earl Johnston (1900 - 1984)
  Julia Annetta Westover Johnston (1900 - 1980)
 
Inscription:
Ohio S/Sgt 7 Bomb Sq
 
Burial:
Forest Hill Cemetery
Canton
Stark County
Ohio, USA
Plot: Belmont Section -Facing West
 
Maintained by: B24CoPilotNiece
Originally Created by: Barbara Richardson Smith
Record added: Jan 31, 2010
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Sgt Alonzia 'Earl' Johnston, Jr
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With much respect and admiration, I thank you fro your service and sacrifice to our country. You are not forgotten.
- Joseph Papalia
 Added: Mar. 22, 2014
~Thinking of You and the Six Good Men Who Were Lost 70 Years Ago Today, and Two Who Were Lost Later~
- B24CoPilotNiece
 Added: Jun. 10, 2013
Rest in peace, Sergeant. Thank you for your service and for your sacrifice. May we always remember that freedom is not free. It comes at a high price which you paid. Remembering you with respect and honor,
- Sharon
 Added: Jan. 9, 2012
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