Flt Lt Steven Johnson

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Flight Lieutenant Steven Johnson died on 2 September, 2006, aged 38, serving in Afghanistan as a Weapon System Officer (Navigator) with Royal Air Force Kinloss.
Flt Lt Johnson was a widely respected navigator, described as highly intelligent and very capable. His work was always conducted with total professionalism and focus. He was a veteran member of the Company, serving on all the Kinloss squadrons, and was well-known for his hard work, positivity and dry sense of humour.
On his return from Afghanistan, the skilled and experienced Lieutenant was to be awarded crew captaincy, the ultimate accolade in the RAF.
Steven Johnson came from Collingham in Nottinghamshire and lived in a cottage in rural Scotland with his wife Jan and two daughters, Victoria and Charlotte.
He was a member of 120 Squadron at RAF Kinloss, based in Moray, Scotland.
Flt Lt Johnson deployed to Afghanistan. On 2 September, 2006, he was taking part in a major offensive against the Taliban near Kandahar when the Nimrod MR2 aircraft he was flying in crashed, killing Flt Lt Johnson and 11other RAF Kinloss personnel.
A soldier, Lance Corporal Oliver Simon Dicketts, and Royal Marine Joseph David Windall, were also killed in the crash.
The 37-year-old Nimrod had just completed a routine air-to-air refuelling and the crew reported a fire on board shortly before the crash.
Station Commander Group Captain Chris Birks expressed his sadness at the tragedy: "I am very deeply saddened about the deaths of 12 air crew from Royal Air Force Kinloss in a Nimrod accident over Afghanistan. All 12 were from Number 120 Squadron based here at Kinloss. All were long serving and experienced air crew.
"As well as first class personnel these were colleagues and friends of myself and my other personnel. The station is in mourning."
Wing Commander Martin Cannard, Officer Commanding 120 Squadron, said: "120 Squadron has suffered a profound loss. We have lost good friends and colleagues, many known personally to us over many years. I have been humbled by the commitment and determination of all of my people to do all that they can for those that have lost loved ones and friends and this will be our sole focus in the coming days."

Added by: Courtesy of the Daily Telegraph on 31st October 2010.


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