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John R. Johnston, Pilot
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JOHN R. JOHNSTON CREW - 358th BS
(crew assigned 358BS: 05 Jun 1943 - photo: 20 July 1943)
(Upgraded from CoPilot, C.A. Swaffer Crew, to Pilot: 26 July 1943)

(Back L-R) 1Lt John R. Johnston (P), 2Lt Lester A. Lake, Jr. (CP)
2Lt William H. Karraker (N), 2Lt William T. Sweet (B)

(Front L-R) T/Sgt James O. Matthews (R), T/Sgt Rudolph S. Lopez (E),
S/Sgt Edward W. Griffin (BT), Sgt Edward N. Cobb (WG),
S/Sgt James E. Mills (WG) S/Sgt Criscienzo N. Giassullo (TG)

Crew Note:
Capt John R. Johnston (P) - Flew five missions as CoPilot with the 1Lt Calvin A. Swaffer Crew (44, 45, 48, 49, 50). Upgraded from CoPilot to Pilot for mission #54 on 26 July 1943. Flew 19 credited missions as a 1st Pilot with three different CoPilots: 2Lt Lester A. Lake, Jr - Fourteen missions (56, 57, 58, 60, 61, 64, 66, 70, 71, 72, 73, 76, 80, 81); 2Lt Quentin J. Gorman - Four missions (83, 86, 88, 89); 2Lt Walter A. Kyse - 1 mission (91). Completed combat tour on 22 December 1943.

[photo from the 303rdBGA Archives]