Leader E.L. Johnston, A.F.C., O.B.E.,
Reserve of Air Force Officers, Navigator of R101 was born in Sunderland
in 1891 and was educated at Tynemouth High School and the Marine
School, South Shields.
is a qualified Master Mariner and originally served in the Royal
Naval Reserve. He transferred to the R.N.A.S. (Airship Section)
in 1916 and after commanding coastal type airships he later became
Commanding Officer of Luce Bay airship station, in the South West
of Scotland. On the formation of the Royal Air Force he was appointed
Captain and later was promoted to the rank of Major.
the War he served in the navigation branch in the Air Ministry
but later retired from the Royal Air Force. He was appointed to
the Royal Airship Works, Cardington, in 1924 for navigational
duties and was loaned for some time to Imperial Airways Ltd.,
in order to open up European aeroplane routes. In 1927 he was
navigator to the Secretary of State for Air on the first Imperial
Airways flight to India and back. He is navigator tor R.100 as
well as R.101 and in that capacity flew with the former on her
voyage to Canada and return in July and August of this year.
He was also an Air Ministry Examiner for Navigators licences.
He recently organised the Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators
of the British Empire and holds the Position of Deputy Master
in that organisation.