2Lt George McMullen Johnson
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2Lt George McMullen Johnson

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Death 21 Jan 1944 (aged 23)
At Sea
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Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA
Plot Courts of the Missing ~ Court 7
Memorial ID 56112088 · View Source
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George served as a Second Lieutenant and Co-Pilot on B-24J #42-72999, 38th Bomber Squadron, 30th Bomber Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

He resided in Seaford, Delaware prior to the war.

B-24J #42-72999 took off, with a crew of 10, from the Tarawa Airfield on a bombing mission over Roi Island. Possibly due to engine trouble, they crash about 15 minutes after takeoff approximately 3 miles off the east coast of Tarawa. Two explosions were heard by ground crews in Tarawa after they hit the water. The entire crew died in this crash.

The entire crews remains were recovered and they were all interred in the Marine Cemetery #33 in Tarawa.

Only two of the crew members remains, 2nd Lt. Dabrowski & S/Sgt Myers, were later located and eventually returned to the families for burial in the late 1940's.

In 2017 History Flight, Inc. uncovered a series of coffin burials from Cemetery #33, which were subsequently accessioned into the DPAA laboratory for analysis. On Dec. 20, 2018, one set of remains was identified as U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer and his remains were interred in the Highland Memorial Park, Pottstown, PA.

In January, 2019 the remains of 1st Lt. Lurcott were recovered and his remains were interred in the Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, VA.

The remains of the other 6 have not been recovered.

George is still "Missing In Action" from this mission.

He was awarded the Air Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-534947

George also has a "cenotaph" in the Odd Fellows Cemetery, Seaford, Delaware.
" Click Here " for that record.

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Airmen who perished on B-24J #42-72999:

Alenier, Stanley J. ~ 2nd Lt, Navigator, NY ~ "MIA"
Dabrowski, Stephen J. ~ 2nd Lt, Bombardier, NJ
Fenzel, John F. ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, MD ~ "MIA"
Johnson, George M. ~ 2nd Lt, Co-Pilot, DE ~ "MIA"
Lurcott, Howard T. ~ 1st Lt, Pilot, MO
Myers, Arthur E. ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, OH
Polzien, Donald L. ~ S/Sgt, Engineer, IA ~ "MIA"
Rothman, Howard ~ Sgt, Radar Operator, NJ ~ "MIA"
Shaffer, Carl M. ~ S/Sgt, Radio Operator, PA
Shell, James W. ~ S/Sgt, Gunner, GA ~ "MIA"

( Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )


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  • Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56112088
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 2Lt George McMullen Johnson (8 May 1920–21 Jan 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56112088, citing Honolulu Memorial, Honolulu, Honolulu County, Hawaii, USA ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .