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Frank Johnson Describes the 30th March 1945

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Pilot Officer Frank Johnson

On the 30th March 1945, Pilot Officer Frank Johnson departed B.100 at Goch, Germany, in Typhoon SW495. He would not return from that support mission. In 2010 The Memory Project, an initiative of Historica Canada, interviewed Frank at length about his experiences in the air force, flying Typhoons and the events of the day he was shot.

On this 74th anniversary of Frank being shot down, we are delighted to present this excerpt of The Memory Project’s Shayla Howell interview with Frank, where he describes the mission and its aftermath.

We are honoured to have partnered with The Memory Project to share Frank’s and other Canadian Typhoon pilot’s experiences. Over the coming months, we will share more of the full interview with Frank and other interviews The Memory Project has conducted with Typhoon veterans.

The Memory Project Archive houses more than 2,800 testimonials and over 10,000 images from veterans of the First World War, Second World War, the Korean War and peacekeeping missions. While the archive no longer accepts submissions, it remains the largest of its kind in Canada. You can access the interviews, digitised artefacts and book a speaker at www.thememoryproject.com/stories.

You can follow The Memory Project on Twitter HERE and Facebook HERE.

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