Flt. Lt. Francis NoŽl JOHNSTON DFC
- Born: 27 Dec 1921, Port Said, Egypt
- Marriage: Monica Mary ALLNER on 20 Apr 1944 in St. Mary's Church, Longfleet, Poole, Dorset, England
- Died: 3 Jan 1945, Flying Accident off Scotland aged 23
- Buried: 8 Jan 1945, St. Mary's Church, Longfleet, Poole, Dorset, England
FRANCIS NOEL JOHNSTON
When the war started, Marion's brother, Noel, was on holiday in Egypt before going to University. He joined the RAF and went for training to Rhodesia where he successfully got his "Wings". He was stationed in England for a while and was then sent to West Africa in the Air Sea Rescue, as Captain of a Sunderland Flying Boat. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Returning to England, he was stationed in Alness in Scotland, where he trained RAF pilots to become captains of the Sunderland Flying Boats. He married Monica Mary Allner in 1944 and their son, Peter, was born on 20 June 1945 after Noel's death in a flying accident off Scotland, which happened on 3 January 1945.
Extract from "The London Gazette" dated 28 November 1939
The undermentioned are granted commissions for the duration of hostilities as Pilot Officers on probation on the dates stated:
9th October 1939: Francis Noel Johnston (75709)
Extract from "The London Gazette" dated 20 December 1940
The undermentioned Pilot Officers on probation are confirmed in their appointments and promoted to the rank of Flying Officer:
9th October 1940: Francis Noel Johnston (75709)
Extract from "Supplement To The London Gazette" dated 5 May 1944
Air Ministry, 5th May 1944
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the following awards:
Distinguished Flying Cross
Flight Lieutenant Francis Noel Johnston (75709). Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 204 Squadron.
Extract from "The Times" dated 17 January 1945
"Flight Lieutenant Francis Noel Johnston D.F.C., killed in a flying accident, was the only son of Archdeacon and Mrs. Johnston of Cairo, and was 23 years of age. He was born at Port Said, Egypt, in 1921, and was commissioned in the R.A.F.V.R. in 1939. In May last, he was awarded the D.F.C. for his "fine example of efficiency and zeal" in a large number of operational sorties with No. 204 Squadron. In October 1943, he was flarepath officer at Bathurst when a Sunderland aircraft crashed. He immediately went to the aircraft, despite the danger of depth charges exploding, and although it was upside down and sinking boarded it through a hole in the bottom of the hull. After rescuing five members of the crew he went down stream and was able to rescue a further member. Throughout his operational career he had displayed great keenness, courage, and devotion to duty."
His death is commemorated by the War Graves Commission at:
where a Certificate of his death and burial at St. Mary's Church, Longfleet, can also be found.
He is also listed in the Poole Roll of Honour at:
Francis married Monica Mary ALLNER, daughter of James ALLNER and Olive Margaret Okey TAYLOR, on 20 Apr 1944 in St. Mary's Church, Longfleet, Poole, Dorset, England. (Monica Mary ALLNER was born on 19 Jun 1923.)