Fred Johnson from Allentown, Pennsylvania enlisted in the Air Force shortly after war was declared. In 1943 he began training in Miami, then Springfield, Ohio; Santa Monica, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Sioux City, Iowa, before finally flying to Great Ashfield, England in December 1944. He flew in several raids into Germany in 1945. One of the flights ended in a forced landing in France.
After the war, Mr Johnson returned to college, graduated as a teacher and eventually moved to Washington County, Maryland, teaching history in the first ever educational program on television. He later taught history at Hagerstown South High.
This interview of Fred Johnson on his experiences during World War II and his life in Washington County, Maryland after the war was conducted May 19, 2015. Mr. Johnson and his wife Judy are residents of Homewood, Williamsport, Maryland. The interviewer was Tom Riford of Homewood, himself a veteran.
Thanks to Tom Riford for conducting the interview, Dennis Malloy for transcribing the audio and Jim Chakedis for assembling the video.
The photograph is of Fred Johnson's crew, part of the 8th Air Force.
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