M.87  Flight Captain Philip Harvard Johnson 

flag england

 b. 18 Sep 1907, Hessle, E Yorks 

2 Oct 1940 to 30 Jun 1942

[636 days]

 ata philip johnson 1933 1933      


Ed. at Marlborough College. His father, Dr. Samuel Harvard Johnson, was the Medical Officer for Hessle, Hull. His mother was Ethel Ida [Booth] and he had an elder sister, Kathleen.

prev. a pilot for BOAC.

prev. exp. 4500 hrs (day), 500hrs (night) on "All Moths, Avian, Spartan Cruiser, DH84, 86, 89, Airspeed Envoy, HP42, and 'C' Class Flying Boat" in "France, Germany, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Hungary, Africa and the Far East".

Member of Hull Aero Club, and owned a 1930 Avro 616 Avian IVM G-AAVP:

G-AAVP Avro Avian

Single. Next of kin his mother, c/o Walney Hall, Southfield, Hessle


The Scotsman - Friday 2 Jun 1939:


Philip Harvard Johnson, an air pilot, at Perth, whose address was given as the Royal British Hotel, Perth, was fined £10 and had his driving licence suspended for twelve months when found guilty at Dundee Sheriff Court yesterday of driving a motor car in Dundee while under the influence of drink. 

No evidence was led for the defence. Sheriff-Substitute Malcolm, addressing Johnson, said his occupation and position made it more incumbent on him than on most people to refrain from drink."


Manchester Evening News - Thursday 8 February 1940


Described as an air pilot engaged on aerial black-out survey at the time of the offence, Philip Harvard Johnson, giving an address at the Woodcourt Hotel, Brooklands, was found guilty at the Manchester City Police Court of being under the influence of drink while driving a car and when disqualified. A third charge of driving dangerously was dismissed.

Mr T. A. Cunliffe, barrister, for the defence, said that at 11:20 p.m on February 18, a police war reserve officer saw a car driven by Johnson zig-zagging slowly towards London Road ; near Whitworth Street. The car reversed, mounted the foot-path and collided with a warehouse wall. When questioned about his licence, Johnson told the officer he had written to the Air Ministry and had got a letter to say that he was engaged on aerial duties which gave him special facilities.

Johnson said that on the night of the offence he had had ten whiskies and sodas between 7:30 and 11. This was his usual drink.

The Stipendiary Magistrate fined him £20 for driving a car while under the influence of drink, £5 for driving while he was disqualified, and banned him from driving for three years."


Address in 1940: 'Thornhill', Stamford Rd, Bowdon, Cheshire

Postings: White Waltham, Ringway

Seconded to Atfero, 20 Mar 1941

 m. Sep 1941 Joan [Hartley], son Timothy (later a Lt-Cmdr, RN) b. 1944

 d. Aug 1984 - St Austell, Cornwall

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