Allen Louis JohnsonLieutenant Colonel
441ST BOMB SQD, 72ND STRAT WING, SAC
United States Air Force
19 March 1936 - 25 July 1978
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LTC Allen Louis Johnson was aboard a B-52 shot down by a Surface to Air (SAM) missile over the Hanoi area on Thursday December 28, 1972. His B-52 was one of many involved in the successful "Christmas Bombings" of the Hanoi and Haiphong areas that finally convinced the North Vietnamese to sit at the peace table and seriously consider the ending of the war.
LTC Johnson's aircraft was one of a flight of three B-52's. Each B-52 crew was comprised of 6 men and he was one of the 2 men lost on his aircraft.
The B-52's that were shot down during the "Christmas Bombings" were in extremely hostile territory with little or no chance of rescue. However, B-52 crewmen had a high survival rate, with many more returned as POWs than was expected.
LTC Johnson did not return when the POWs were freed, however, his remains were repatriated on December 4, 1985.
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With all respect
Jim Schueckler, former CW2, US Army
Ken Davis, Commander, United States Navy (Ret)
Channing Prothro, former CAP Marine
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