Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, Johnnie was not officially declared by the military as being dead until December 15, 1945. The actually date of his passing is currently unknown. ( see below )
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Johnnie served as a Sergeant & Gunner on B-25G #42-64850, 823th Bomber Squadron, 38th Bomber Group, Medium, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.
He resided in Chaves County, New Mexico prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on October 15, 1942 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a Filling Station Attendant and also as Single, with dependents.
Johnnie was declared "Missing In Action" when his B-25 was hit by Japanese anti-aircraft fire and crashed into Astrolabe Bay, New Guinea during the war.
There were reports that the crew was seen in a raft and they were possibly shot by the Japanese soldiers on the Island of Bili Bili.
He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.
Service # 18121719
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Airmen who perished on B-25G #42-64850:
Anagnos, Theodore ~ Sgt, Radio Operator, MI
Boykin, Johnnie R ~ Sgt, Gunner, NM
Chapin, Robert D, Jr ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, CT
Newland, Otis T ~ FO, Co-Pilot, TX
Smith, Richard ~ FO, Pilot, NY
( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )