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Seymour Johnson Killed
Testing WWII fighter
It was on March 5, 1941 that, a
Navy fighter plane piloted by Lt.
Seymour A. Johnson. 31, crashed
on a farm near Norbeck.
it 'was for that Goldsboroj
that Seymour Johnson Al'
Base was named.
Son of the late Dr. J. N. Johnson,
prominent Gbldsboro dentist and
vice - president of the State Board
of Health. Lt. Jcrfinson was one' of
the first young men from Golds
boro to adopt aviation in The arm-
e*d forces as a career, -lli^a^i^-
mother, Mrs Ruth K. Johnson still
lives in Goldsboro and is executive
secretary of the Wayne CoAinty
Red Cross Chapter.
Bom in Goldsboro. February 15,
1904, Lt. Johnson graduated from
Goldsboro High School and’ attend
ed the University of North Carolina
ror three years before entering the
Navy. He graduated from the
Naval Academy in 192t. He com
pleted basic training at Pensacoljf,
Fla. in '1929 and spent eight
years as a pilot aboard battleships
and aircraft carriers.
The veteran Navy test piloUiw^
killed while testing a Gymman
fighter from Anacosta NS^^alsAir
Station. At the time, it was one of
many planes of the type being de
livered to the U. S. Navy. His job
was regarded as one of the mc«t
dhngerous in the service. Planes
with new inventions were aswgn->
ed to him for testing undet.^all
conditions and speeds. ^
A fast plane for its day, the
Grumman fighter was designed for
efficient operation at 3,000 feet
altitude and had a speed of about
400 miles per hour;
Ordinarily, a test pilot In t h e
Navy served only two years at the
hazardous task in the late 30’s and
early 40’s but Lt. Johnson had-bebn
a test pilot for five years.
He married the former Alice
KeUyi and with their daughter,
Suzftnne. made his home in Arling
ton while serving with the Nivy
[Ut jiever lost contact with h 1 s
Leas than three weeks before the
dial crashr he was plaoad' on the
list' fbr promotion to lieutenant
cosrt'mander and was to-have com-
pletl*d his time for promotion in
June of 1941.
Well known and much admired
in Goldsboro, Lt. Johnson often
flew here to visit friends and
relatives. His last visit was on
January 31, 1941, when he flew
down from the naval base on a
training plane with a fellow pilot
Although he narrowly escaped
d.eath on numerous occasions, he
never related his harrowing ex
periences. But friends in Golds
boro often heard reports that he
safely brought to port airplanes
which had developed mechanical
trouble and it seemed all but irrir
possible to land them.
’ Several months before the fatal
erashj Lt. Johnson was injured
when the engine failed in a plane
he was testing and he received in
juries which necessitated ho.spltal
treatment for several days.
Earlier he had been in a number
of accidents in which he barely
escaped with his life. ■
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(Official Air Force Photo)
MILWAUKEE (AP) — Mass
pi^oduction svas the key to the, con
fusion of a couple of motorists.
Gerald B. Junion put his key In
to the ignition, started the car and i
drove off. It was some time later 1
that he noticed his car was a slight
ly different color from usual. *
Meanwhile Mrs. Mildred Hender
son stepped into “her” car. She
didn’t notice the color but called
police when her keys wouldn’t fit.
A little police worked restored
the drivers, slightly shaken, to
their own autos of the same make, j
model and similar hue.
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