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Delmar Cady "Del" Johnson
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Birth: Jan. 21, 1920
Regina Census Division
Saskatchewan, Canada
Death: Feb. 13, 2009, USA

Delmar was born in Regina, Saskatchewan. He was a hospital administrator for the Veterans Admin. Delmar is survived by his sons, Lee, Eric and Alan. He was preceded in death by his wife, Lucille B. A funeral will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2009, in Evergreen Memorial Gardens, Vancouver, Wash.

Navigator 1st/Lt. Delmar C. Johnson POW
Hometown: Wife, Lucille B., Vancouver Washington
Squadron: 578th BS 392th Bomb Group
Service #
Awards: Air Medal with Oak Leaf Cluster
Pilot 1st/Lt. Rex L. Johnson KIA

Target: Friedrichshafen Germany
Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 18-Mar-44
Serial Number: #42-52465
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter: "X-Bar"
Aircraft Name: (NO NICKNAME) 4th (?) Mission
Location: (400) meters west of Mariatell near Schramberg,
Cause: Cause of downing was ascribed to be "fighter" Crew of 10 8KIA 2POW

The mission this day would see the 392nd suffer its heaviest losses, both aircraft and aircrew members, of any individual raid ever flown during its combat experience in World War II. Before the mission was completed, (14) aircraft and crews would be lost and (9) other ships damaged by fighters and flak, all totaling (154) casualties. General briefing for (28) aircrews was conducted between 0400-0530 hours.

MISSION LOSS CIRCUMSTANCES: The returning crews' eye-witness observation : "This aircraft was seen to crash; no chutes seen". A German Report #KU1254 from Air Base Headquarters Echterdingen (outside Stuttgart) stated this aircraft had crashed at 1510 hours, (400) meters west of Mariatell near Schramberg, County of Rottweil, Germany and that (5) men were found dead at the crash and fate of the others was not known. The aircraft tail number was identified correctly but other recognition was not possible due to the burned condition. Cause of downing was ascribed to be "fighter". One deceased crewmember had been recovered in a field near Hardt, Schramberg, while (3) were found inside the plane and the fourth's location (Lt. Hunter) at the crash site wasn't given in this reporting. One of the two surviving crewmembers, Lt. Delmar Johnson, the crew Navigator, gave this report: That he and Sgt. Milliken were the only two crewmen thought to have bailed out of this stricken ship successfully; aircraft's position at the time it left the group formation was at approximately 48-1ON,08-25E; and all other crewmembers were in their battle positions, either badly injured or dead when the plane seemed to "pancake" into a vacant lot on the outskirts of a small village and catch on fire from ruptured wing fuel tanks; that he landed just east of this village near an evergreen forest where there was about one inch of snow covering the ground. He then met Sgt. Milliken, the other survivor, and they were sheltered in the village town hall where a nurse tended to the narrator's fractured left lower leg and injured right knee. He was later admitted to POW Hospital at St. Agnes in Freiberg on 19 March for treatment.

INDIVIDUAL ACCOUNTS OF CREWMEN FATES: Lt. Johnson's account noted further that he and Sgt. Milliken had been picked up in a Wehrmacht army truck and taken to a prison compound at Villingen, Germany. Along the way other downed American flyers had been picked up as well. While there, a Luftwaffe man questioned them about a crew member whose dog tags this individual had, Lt. Hunter, the crew Bombardier. Both denied any knowledge about Hunter, and the subject was not pressed further by the Germans. On other crewmen who apparently went down with the plane, some were known to be mortally injured or dead from the fighter attacks. The crew was reported to be on their 17th combat mission.

The #42-52465 crew
1st/Lt. Rex L. Johnson Pilot KIA
1st/Lt. Rex L. Johnson Pilot KIA
1st/Lt. Rex L. Johnson Pilot KIA
2nd/Lt. Russell E. Paules Co Pilot KIA
1st/Lt. Delmar C. Johnson Navigator POW
1st/Lt. Robert M. Hunter Bombardier KIA
T/Sgt. Martin Stancik Engineer KIA
T/Sgt. Theodore C. Wohlstrom Radio Op. KIA
S/Sgt. Hugh D. Reynolds Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Robert A. Kimball Gunner KIA
S/Sgt.Ellsworth W. Milliken Gunner POW
S/Sgt. Alton D. Nixon Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Alton D. Nixon Gunner KIA
Family links: 
  Delmar Noble Johnson (1887 - 1983)
  Vivian Virginia Cady Johnson (1893 - 1960)
  Lucille Bangs Johnson (1920 - 2006)
  Delmar Cady Johnson (1920 - 2009)
  Phyllis Cady Johnson (1921 - 2010)*
  James T Johnson (1924 - 2014)*
  Ralph Lynden Johnson (1926 - 2011)*
  Irene Fay Johnson Phegley (1927 - 2005)*
*Calculated relationship
Evergreen Memorial Gardens
Clark County
Washington, USA
Maintained by: John Dowdy
Originally Created by: Douglas Kirk Sorensen
Record added: Mar 10, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 34660560
Delmar Cady Del Johnson
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Delmar Cady Del Johnson
Added by: Don Meuchel
Delmar Cady Del Johnson
Added by: Don Meuchel
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Happy Trails Delmar
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