Officer Royce Allen Johns
Canadian Air Force
of Charles and Lenora Johns of Loon Lake, Saskatchewan; husband of Bernice Johns, age 25, died on
05-Oct-1944 on a bombing mission while based at Melsbroek, Holland. At
the time of his death F/O Johns was on his second operational tour
with 77 missions to his credit.
following entry is from 439's War Operations Record Book (Form 540): Three
operations were carried out today during which we lost one of our
strongest and most experienced pilots J.21959 F/O Johns of Loon Lake,
He was a brilliant individual who would probably have been our
next Flight Commander and was very popular with both the pilots and
airmen. To date he had completed 76 Operational Sorties totalling
70:40 hours excluding this last operation.
following entry is from 439's War Operations Book (Form 541):
J/21959 F/O R.A.
Johns was hit by flak while flying on a mission towards Speelberg,
near Emmerlch. His aircraft was seen to explode when it crashed into a
steeple in the town of Speelberg, Germany at map reference E.9864.
On the left, a younger
officer cadet Royce Johns taking a break from his flying training.
Photo Number 2 is Royce with brother Keith (right) and Wayne.
entry is from The
Canadian Virtual War Memorial website courtesy
of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
F/O R.A. Johns is
buried at ZEVENAAR ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY, Netherlands
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