Jim Johnston - Radio operator
The crash happened on Sergeant Donald Jim Johnston's 23:rd birthday. He was born October 20, 1921, the son of Donald Scott Johnston and Flossie Gertrude (Basom) Johnston. He had two brothers: Harry Scott Johnston and Clement "Earl" Johnston.
Jim married Mary Jane Mayhue (1921-2011) on January 23:rd, 1942 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Lewistown, Pennsylvania.
Before entering the military, Jim worked at a textile factory called the Viscose Company in Lewistown, Pennsylvania.
Jim and Mary Jane had a daughter, Mary Lee Johnston, who was born February 11, 1944. Jim was overseas at this point and never saw his daughter in person. He had seen a photo of her, though. Their daughter, Mary Lee, had a son named William Lee Johnston who now lives in Utah. Sadly, Mary Lee died on March 30, 1993 of cancer.
Donald "Jim" Johnston was a Technical Sergeant in the 1409:th Army Air Force Base Unit. He got the following decorations and awards: Distinguished Flying Cross Medal, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, Purple Heart Medal, World War II Victory Medal, World War II Service Lapel Button.
Jim is buried at Luxembourg American Cemetery, Luxembourg, area F, row 6, grave 6.
Mary Mayhue & Jim Johnston 1938
Mary & Jim on Mary's grad day 1940
Mary Johnston and Mary Lee, wife and daughter of Jim
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