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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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3 TEU Typhoon Ib MN127 W/O. Leonard H. Johnson

Operation: Training

Date: 05th July 1944 (Wednesday)

Unit: No. 3 TEU (Tactical Exercise Unit)

Type: Typhoon Ib

Serial: MN127

Code: -

Base: RAF Aston Down, Gloucestershire

Location: West of Stoneleigh, Warwickshire

Pilot: W/O. Leonard Horace Johnson NZ/42408 RNZAF Age 22. Killed

A relative living in UK would like to make contact with any other relatives in New Zealand - please contact us in the first instance.


Taking off at 09:20 hrs on a aerobatic and low flying practice. After just 20 minutes into the flight made a steep climb after a dive at low altitude- the aircraft rolled over spinning out of control and crashed west of Stoneleigh.

Burial details:

W/O. Leonard Horace Johnson. Oxford Cemetery (Botley). Plot 1/2. Grave 242. Son of Horace William and Florence Eveline Johnson, of Palmerston North, Wellington, New Zealand. 713 hours logged.

Researched for relatives of the pilot with thanks to Mike Howes for bringing this loss to our attention. Mike is hoping to make contact with relatives when he visits New Zealand in 2016. New Zealand Archives, Weekly News, other sources as quoted below.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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