Pilot Accounted For From World War II (Johnson, G.)

Release No: 19-241 Dec. 16, 2019 PRINT | E-MAIL
WASHINGTON — The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. George M. Johnson, 23, killed during World War II, was accounted for on Dec. 12, 2019.

(This official DoD release will be updated following the primary next of kin briefing.)

On Jan. 21, 1944, Johnson was a member of the 38th Bombardment Squadron, 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll, Gilbert Islands, when the B-24J bomber aircraft he was co-piloting crashed into Tarawa lagoon shortly after takeoff. Johnson and the nine other servicemen aboard the aircraft were killed.

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