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Old 10th September 2017, 16:29
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133 Eagle Squadron.

Can anyone tell me when AFLt HAS Johnston joined 133? Initially I thought it was in August 1941 (when the squadron was formed) however there appears to have been a long period of training after this and Johnston was still only a PO in August 1941, albeit with one (probably two) kills to his credit.

From the Air Force lists it is clear he was made a Flying Officer in November 1941 and therefore I am of the opinion that he was probably made an Acting Flight Lieutenant around the same time. His promotion to Flight Lieutenant followed a year later in November 1942.

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Old 12th September 2017, 03:02
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Re: 133 Eagle Squadron.

Keith,

According to Phil Listemann's monograph on 133 Sqn., Johnston (misspelled "Johnstone") was A Flight commander from 27.08.41 to 07.03.42.

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Old 12th September 2017, 08:45
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Re: 133 Eagle Squadron.

Thanks Tom,

Blimey that was a quick promotion. Johnston only joined 257 Squadron in January, but he must have shown a lot of promise.

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Old 13th September 2017, 08:22
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Re: 133 Eagle Squadron.

Just read a memoir containing Johnstons letters as a District Officer. According to his biographer he joined 133 Squadron in September 1941 but I believe that she is basing that on a letter written in September so the 27 August date seems spot on - and my supposition way off!

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