Lewis F. Johnson

LT. LEWIS F. JOHNSON
Lieutenant Lewis P. Johnson, son of Mr. arid Mrs. Joe Johnson, 729 Spring Street, has arrived safely somewhere in England, after flying across in a Flying Fortress, according to word received here by his parents. 

He entered the service in July 1941, as an Aviation Cadet in the Army, receiving his basic training at Maxwell Field and his advanced training at Mather Field, Sacramento, CA. He graduated December 5, 1941 and remained on the same field as an instructor.  

Lieutenant Johnson held the position of Flight Commander at Mather Field, before being assigned to foreign service. 

Lieutenant and Mrs. Johnson visited with his parents a short time, before he left for overseas.


Missing in Action Since July 17
LT. LEWIS F. JOHNSON
Lieutenant Lewis F. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Johnson, 719 Spring Street, is missing in action since July 17, according to a telegram received from Washington on Friday by his wife, who, at present, is living at the Johnson home. 

Lieutenant Johnson, who entered the service in July 1941, as an Army Aviation Cadet, was a navigator on a Flying Fortress and was stationed in England. 

He received his basic training at Maxwell Field and his advanced training at Mather Field, Sacramento, CA. He graduated on December 5, 1941 and remained on the same field as an instructor. 

Lieutenant Johnson held the position of Flight Commander at Mather Field, before being assigned to foreign service, and he made the trip to England in a Flying Fortress. 

Text of Telegram
 The text of the telegram received by his wife follows: "Regret to inform you that the Commanding General (European) reports your husband, Second Lieutenant Lewis F. Johnson, missing in action since the 17th of July. If further details or other information as to his status are received, you will be promptly notified.''


Air Medal Awarded Eau Claire Pilot Presented to Wife Here
LT. LEWIS E. JOHNSON
Lieutenant Lewis E. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Johnson, 729 Spring Street, reported missing in action after a Fortress raid over Continental Europe on July 17, last, has been awarded the Air Medal "for exceptionally meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy" and, since the award could not be made to him at this time, it was presented to his wife. The presentation was made by Major Henry L. Slezak, Headquarters, TS, AAFTTC, Tomah. 

Citation 
The citation accompanying the Air Medal reads as follows: 

"For exceptionally meritorious achievement while participating in bomber combat missions over enemy-occupied Continental Europe. The courage, coolness, and skill displayed by this officer on these occasions reflect great credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States. 

"By Command of Brigadier General F. L. Anderson, Headquarters, VIII Bomber Command."

Text of Letter
The text of the letter received by Mrs. Johnson concerning the medal follows:

"I have the honor to inform you that, by direction of the President, the Air Medal Decoration has been awarded to your husband, Lieutenant Lewis F. Johnson, Air Corps, for exceptionally meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy.

"Since this award cannot be formally presented to your husband at this time, the decoration will be presented to you.

"Signed by the Adjutant General" 

In Service Since July, 1941
Lieutenant Johnson, who entered the service in July 1941, as an Army Aviation Cadet, was a navigator on a Flying Fortress and stationed in England. 

He received his basic training at Maxwell Field and his advanced training at Mather Field, Sacramento, California. He was graduated on December 5, 1941 and remained on the same field as an instructor.

Lieutenant Johnson held the position of Flight Commander at Mather Field, before being assigned to foreign service. He made the trip to England in a Flying Fortress of which he was the navigator.


Purple Heart Is Sent to Missing Navigator's Wife
Mrs. Lewis Johnson recently received the Purple Heart awarded her husband, Lieutenant Lewis F. Johnson, navigator on a Flying Fortress, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Johnson, 729 Spring Street, reported missing over Europe on July 17, 1943.

He also received the Air Medal Award for exceptionally meritorious achievements while participating in aerial flight against the enemy.