RNZAF Summer Tunic with BEM

NZ413759 Cyril Foster JOHNSON.

Born 23/07/1918 in Maryport, England. Enlisted in the RNZAF 06/07/1941. Promoted to Flying Officer 15/08/1943, Flight Lieutenant 15/02/1945. Served overseas 14/08/1941 to 30/10/1943. Trade was as a Wireless Operator Air Gunner. On 10/07/1942 was acting
as a rear gunner in a Hampton (AJ989) air craft which took off from 32 Operational Training Unit Patricia Bay, British Columbia, Canada. The starboard engine caught fire and the aircraft crashed into the sea off Sidney Island. Johnson was instrumental in saving
the lives of two other members of the crew (the observer and wireless operator). For his courage he was awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM). Was reported to be the 7th BEM awarded to
a kiwi airman in the War. Arrived back in NZ 30/10/1943. Transferred to Reserve of Officers list 11/11/1947. His commission was terminated 07/02/1957. Was issued the Defence Medal, War Medal 1939-45 & NZ War Service Medal. Not entitled to 1939-45 Star but issued
the ribbon while still in service. Died 29/06/1998.

The jacket is Canadian tailored, most of the RCAF buttons have been replaced though one of small buttons on the the lower pocket remains.

RNZAF summer uniform ft 2 RNZAF summer uniform side

The Wireless Operator Air Gunner qualification half wing is a conversion of a RCAF wing. The ribbons are, from left to right, British Empire Medal, 1939-45 Star, Defence Medal and War Medal 1939-45.

RNZAF summer uniform ribbon RNZAF summer uniform tag

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