15.07.1944 No. 438 Squadron F/O. Ross Eveleigh Johnson
Operation: Artillery attack
Date: 15th July 1944 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 438 Squadron RCAF - Wild Cats (motto: ‘Going down’)
Type: Typhoon Ib
Base: ALG B - 10. Plumetot
Location: 3.5 miles north west Caen
Pilot: F/O. Ross Eveleigh Johnson J/27232 RCAF Age 21. Killed
We are extremely grateful to François Dutil (438 Squadron Archivist) for supplying photographs and information to Aircrew Remembered in October 2017. All photographs shown within this page are available to relatives at a higher resolution - courtesy of François.
REASON FOR LOSS:
Although not a loss in the air we feel that a page dedicated to this Canadian fighter pilot is in order. It is then available to relatives looking for information on Ross Johnson.
Born on Saturday the 09th September 1922 in Montreal, Canada. His father also served as a pilot during the first World War. Taking part in the Normandy Invasion the squadron were moved to Plumetot at the temporary Advanced Landing Ground B-10.
The report from his flight commander Fl/Lt. R. Burden stated that he had left on an authorised trip in a 3 ton truck to find some planks to makes shelves to store the squadrons parachutes at the new base. About 3.5 miles from Caen the Germans opened up an artillery barrage - Ross was hit by fragments and killed.
F/O. Ross Eveleigh Johnson. Beny-Sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Reviers. Grave XV.E.5. Son of Ross and Elsie E. Johnson, of Westmount, Province of Quebec, Canada. Grave inscription reads: “Dearly Beloved Son Of Ross And Elsie Johnson And Brother To Claire”.
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Francois Dutil, other sources as quoted below: