Norman Johnston Collection. - - 1919-1944. - - 2cm of textual records.


Norman Johnston ( 1919-1944 ) was born in Vancouver to Lizzie ( 1956 ) and Andrew ( 1953 ) Johnston. The family moved to Powell River so that Andrew could work for the Powell River Company in 1922. Norman attended local schools and in 1940 prior to joining up for the military, he worked for the Powell River Company in the cutter room. Johnston ( serial number J85052 ) joined up October 1940 in Vancouver and was sent for training in Fingal, Ont at the No 4 Bombing and Gunnery School. Stationed to the United Kingdom in November 1942 he was transferred to the 405 Pathfinder Squadron in August 1943 as a wireless operator. He flew many sorties over Europe. His Lancaster ND 507 was shot down June 3 1944 in France near Chartres, after an attack by fighters. He was buried in Chartres and his body was eventually moved to St. Desir War Cemetery at Caen, France.

The collection has been put together by Norma O’Toole, Johnston’s niece.

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Series: Tribute to Norman Johnston. – 1919 – 1944 - - 2cm of textual records.

The series consists of 140 pages of images and textual records pertaining to the life and military career of Norman Johnston.

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