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Norman T Johnson


Flew combat in the Aleutians campaign, for outstanding service over Kiska, he was awarded the air medal by General Butler. After a period of leave he was assigned to 492FS, 48FG, 9AF USAAF in Jan-44. Shot down while flying interdiction near the Normandy beachhead on 7-Jun-44, with the aid of American airborne troops, he was repatriated and returned to duty.

Shot down 15-Jun-44 dive bombing marshalling yards in P-47D 42-75078 and Killed in Action (KIA).

His C/O Col George L Wretenbacker, in writing to Andrew and Martha Mae Johnson, stated:

"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 theatre 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."

Awards: AM (4OLC), American defence medal, PH.


Units served with

  • 9th Air Force
  • 48th Fighter Group

    48th Fighter Group

    The Group moved to England in March 1944 and were stationed at Ibsley where the pilots trained in P-47s in preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy. The wartime motto was in Latin 'vulneratus non victus' (Unconquered even though wounded). ...

  • 492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    492nd Bomb Group (Heavy)

    The 492nd Bomb Group were assigned to the 8th Air Force in April 1944. They flew 60 missions over occupied Europe from 11 May 1944 until 7 August 1944. ...


Associated Place

  • Ibsley

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1940-41 as a fighter base satellite for RAF Middle Wallop, Ibsley opened in 1941 when incomplete. It eventually had three concrete runways, 18 hardstandings plus 18 double pen dispersals, and two Bellman plus 12 blister hangars, after...


Event Location Date
Born Vernal, UT 84078, USA 4 November 1918

Son of Andrew T and Martha Mae [Timothy] Johnson.

Enlisted Salt Lake City, UT, USA 17 January 1942
Based Adak Island, Alaska, USA November 1942 – August 1943

Aleutians November 1942 to August 1943

Based Ibsley January 1944 – 15 June 1944

Assigned to 492FS, 48FG, 9AF USAAF.

Died 61700 Domfront, France 15 June 1944

Shot down 15-Jun-44 dive bombing marshalling yards in P-47D 42-75078 and Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried 400 S 3500 W, Vernal, UT 84078, USA 1946

Maeser Fairview Cemetery
Uintah County, UT.


Date Contributor Update
29 March 2018 16:07:47 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations