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  SBD-2 Dauntless Bureau Number 2130  
USN
USS Lexington
VS-2

Pilot  Ensign Joseph P. Johnson, O-099894 USNR (MIA / KIA) CO
Gunner
 ? (MIA / KIA)

MIA  March 10, 1942

Aircraft History
Built by Douglas at El Segundo, CA. Constructors Number 653. Assigned to the U. S. Navy (USN) to squadron VS-2. No known nickname, nose art or squadron number.

Mission History
On March 10, 1942 in the Gulf of Papua took off from the USS Lexington CV-2 piloted by Ensign Joseph P. Johnson armed with a single 500 pound bomb and two 100 pound wing bombs on a dive bombing mission against Japanese shipping off Lae.

After crossing the Owen Stanley Mountain Range, the formation arrived over the target at 16,000' and beginning dive bombing attacks. Over the target, this SBD was hit by anti-aircraft and observed to splash into the Huon Gulf.

Memorials
Both were officially declared dead the day of the mission and earned the Purple Heart, posthumously. Both are memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery. Johnson also has a memorial marker at Fort Logan National Cemetery at section MA, site 14.

References
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Joseph P. Johnson
FindAGrave - Ens Joseph P Johnson (tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - Joseph Philip Johnson (memorial marker photo)
USN Overseas Aircraft Loss List March 1942 SBD-2 2130 pilot Johnson incorrectly list Salamaua as the location
The First Team page 129

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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