Remembering the Telegraphist Air Gunners
Remembering WWII Veteran and Telegraphist Air Gunner Anthony Johnson February 5, 2012 On New Years Day, January 1, 2012, Wartime Heritage was fortunate to hear from the son of a Telegraphist Air Gunner who trained in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, during the Second World War. Pieter Johnson, son of Anthony Johnson, came across the Association's website and made contact by email. He wrote, "My Father was a Telegraphist Air Gunner who trained in Yarmouth in 1944. Unfortunately he passed away two months ago but not before I had a chance to do an interview with him for the Airplane Geeks podcast (where I produce audio material on european aviation for the show). It's no surprise my interest in aviation came from my Dad! Capturing both his story for my family as well as having an eye on a version to go out to the public, we ran this a while ago and got really great reviews from all over the world. Not because the interview was great but because his stories were great. He remembered his time at Yarmouth with great affection and I can honestly say even though it was a challenging time, he always said how much he loved the place and the people. I would be happy to provide a copy of the interview (which includes a small bit about Yarmouth) if you would be interested, as I think yours is a great cause. Petty Officer Anthony Johnson, nickname "Johnie" Johnson, trained at the Naval Air Gunnery School (NAGS) at East Camp; RCAF Station Yarmouth. He was on Course 53A between December 1943 and October 1944. The interview can heard online at: "Anthony K Johnson on the Airplane Geeks - His Flying Story"
Anthony Johnson (3rd from left) and crew
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