John Johnston


Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Unit: Class 22 Training Unit Shawbury

Rank: Sergeant Pilot

Service Number: 748063

John Cameron Johnston was born in Pollokshields in 1915, son of John Matheson Johnston and Agnes Cameron Johnston of Newton Mearns.

He was part of 22 course at RAF Shawbury in Shropshire where the planes used for training were Oxfords. Known to hundreds of RAF aircrew as the "Ox-box", the Oxford first appeared in 1937 as a military development of the 1934 Envoy feeder-liner, and was the first twin-engined monoplane trainer in the Royal Air Force. The first Oxfords joined the Central Flying School in November 1937 and by the time of the outbreak of World War 2, nearly 400 were in service.

On 11th July 1940 John Johnston  was flying Oxford II - P8927 - 11 FTS. After going into a spin during a tight steep turn, the aircraft came down at Stanton 3 miles NE of Shawbury. He was the sole occupant of the aircraft.

He was 25 years of age and his death was registered at Whitchurch in Shropshire. He is buried in Glasgow Necropolis - grave reference 617 Epsilon.


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John Johnston