TSgt Woodrow W. Johnston

TSgt Woodrow W. Johnston

White Bluff, Dickson County, Tennessee, USA
Death 20 Aug 1943 (aged 33)
Burial Nettuno, Città Metropolitana di Roma Capitale, Lazio, Italy
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Engineer T/Sgt. Woodrow W. Johnston DFC MIA/KIA
Hometown: White Bluff, Tenn.
Squadron: 513th BS 376th Bomb Group
Service #34284068
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal, Purple Heart
Pilot 1st/Lt. Wayne V. Friberg DFC MIA/KIA

Missing Air Crew Report Details
Date Lost: 19-Aug-43
Serial Number: 42-40660
Aircraft Model B-24D
Aircraft Letter: A
Location: Ditched in the Mediterranean
Cause: Crew 7KIA 3POW or RTD

Seven of Lt. Fribergs crew flying LITTLE RICHARD are listed as MIA/KIA date August 19 1943. Navigator Kenneth D. Hamilton on this mission survived ditching and spent 18 hours in Mediterranean.

1Lt Wayne V. Friberg Pilot
1Lt Richard F. Hurd Co Pilot
2nd/Lt. George A. Lascurettes Bombardier
2nd/1Lt David O. Schoocraft
T/Sgt. Woodrow W. Johnston Engineer
T/Sgt. Jewett A. Bale Radio Op.
/S/Sgt. Parke L. Hoover Gunner
S/Sgt. John J. Masterson Gunner
S/Sgt. Albert Grosse Gunner

Sgt. Grosse, Sgt. Bale, Sgt. Johnston, Sgt. Masterson, Sgt. Hoover, Lt. George A. Lascurettes, Lt. Kenneth D. Hamilton with pilot 1st/Lt. Wayne V. Friberg and Co Pilot Lt. Richard F. Hurd flew B24 BARREL HOUSE BESSIE in "Operation Tidal Wave" the low level raid on Ploesti oil refinery. They were awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for valor.
B24 42-40660 was piloted by 1st/Lt. Dean Lear in the ploesti raid.

Tech Sergeant Woodrow Wilson Johnston, born 16 Nov 1909, was the son of James Crawford Johnston and Dixie Gertrude (White) Johnston of White Bluff, Dickson County, Tennessee. White Bluff is 28 miles due west of Nashville.

In the 1920 census 10-year-old Woodrow is living with his parents and siblings Webster 16, Radiance 12, Regis 6, James 3, and Garner 2 mos, on Ker street in White Bluff. His father works in a saw mill.

In the 1930 census 20-year-old Woodrow is living with his parents and siblings Regis 15 James 12, and Garner 10, in District 12 of Dickson County. His father is farming.

In the 1940 Nashville city directory, Woodrow is living at 4413 Elkins Ave., and is employed as a supervisor at TEMCo. TEMCo was the Tennessee Enamel Manufacturing Company.

Woodrow enlisted 21 May 1942 at Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia. His residence was in Nashville. He’d had 4 years of high school and was single without dependents.

The 376th Bomb Group was based out of the massive air complex at Foggia, Italy.

T Sgt Johnston was the flight engineer on B-24D 42-40660 “Little Richard” piloted by 1st Lt Wayne V. Friberg. Little Richard was shot down and ditched in the Mediterranean on 19 Aug 1943. Seven of the crew were killed, three were captured and made POW’s, and only Navigator Kenneth D Hamilton was returned to duty after 18 hours in the sea.

The NARA WWII casualty listings by state and county show Johnston, Woodrow W, T Sgt, from Davidson County, Tennessee as FOD (Finding of Death). An FOD was determined at least one year and one day after a soldier or airman went missing in action.

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Tennessee.


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  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 6 Aug 2010
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