Norman T Johnson

Norman T Johnson

Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, USA
Death 15 Jun 1944 (aged 25)
Burial Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, USA
Plot Maeser_L1091_S6
Memorial ID 173229079 · View Source
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Burial November 19, 1944

Grave site location in Vernal, several newspaper clippings and headstone photo.

Captain Johnson was the first American flyer to land in France on D-Day. He made a crash landing when he encountered engine trouble over enemy territory. He escaped capture by the Germans and was soon back in England to take part in the fatal mission.

Norman was in London on June 11th trying out his new P-47 (Thunderbolt). He spent the afternoon with Lt Kent Jorgensen and wrote a final letter to his parents.

His new plane was hit by enemy fire June 15 when over the target, Capt Johnson had to leave the formation and was never heard from again.

On the 15th he accompanied his squadron on a dive bombing mission to Domfront, France and at 10 pm his plane was shot down. He had been on more than 25 missions.

Col. George L. Wretenbacker, his commanding officer in writing to Mr. and Mrs. Johnson, said "Norman was in every sense of the word a superior officer popular and devoted to duty. He led his flight in some of the fieriest fighting in this theater with determination and courage rarely surpassed. He went down in combat but not until his mission was completed. His actions were in keeping with the highest traditions of military service."

The 25 year old pilot in the air service since January 1942 had seen combat service in the Aleutians November 1942 to August 1943. For outstanding service over Kiska Norman was awarded the air medal by General Butler.

Transferred to a new squadron after returning to the United States on leave in the fall of 1943, Capt. Johnson had been in the eastern theater of war since January.

He received four oak leaf clusters for valor in the eastern theater and was also awarded a captaincy.

He entered the service as a volunteer the same week he returned from a two year (LDS) mission to the Eastern States in December of 1942. He spent brief leaves at home in August and December of last year.

He as born at Vernal November 4, 1918. Surviving besides his parents, Mr. and Mrs A. Theadore Johnson are five sisters and one brother; Mrs Theora Whetten, Mexico City, Mexico; Mrs. Vera Van Leuven, Washington D. C.; Mrs. Evelyn Hacking, Vernal; Mrs. Wanda Wasden, Las Vegas, Nevada; Mrs. Iona Simpson, Salt Lake City; and Duayne in the Navy.

Vernal Paper

National Archives & Records Administration
War Department Files
1 LT Norman T. Johnson
ID: 0-728672
Branch of Service: U.S. Army
Hometown: Uintah County, UT
Status: Killed In Action

Ibsley, England, 29 Mar 1944 - 18 Jun 1944
492nd Fighter Squadron
48th Fighter Group
9th U.S. Army Air Force


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  • Find a Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Norman T Johnson (4 Nov 1918–15 Jun 1944), Find a Grave Memorial no. 173229079, citing Maeser Fairview Cemetery, Vernal, Uintah County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by F210 (contributor 47702641) .