SECOND LIEUTENANT HARVEY D. JOHNSON was born in Atlantic City NJ around 1918 to Rufus and Rita Johnson. His parents had separated by 1930, and Harvey was raised by his father, who in 1930 was managing a candy factory. He graduated from Pleasantville High School and was attending Drexel Institute f Technology in Philadelphia at the beginning of America's involvement in World War II.
Harvey Johnson had wanted to be a pilot since boyhood. Washed out of the Army Air Force program, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, qualified as a fighter pilot there, and was later transferred back to the United States own Army Air Force.
Harvey Johnson was killed when his own plane, which had been disabled crashed into a vacant lot near London, England. Johnson rode his plane down rather than bail out and chance that the plane would crash into a residential neighborhood, thus sacrificing his own life to save those of innocent civilians.
Second Lieutenant Harvey D. Johnson was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic actions. He was survived by his father, Rufus Johnson, who had volunteered and was then serving in the North Atlantic with the Merchant Marine, and his mother, who had remarried, Mrs. Edna Morley, of Westville NJ.
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