Robert S. Johnson, formerly of Woodbury, died on Dec. 27, 1998. Born in Lawton, OK, he began flying at the age of 13, earning a pilot's license a day before his 16th birthday. He attended junior college in Lawton and entered Army aviation school in November 1941.
During WWII, Mr. Johson shot down 27 German planes in 11 months, the second highest tally of any US flier in the European Theater. He flew the P-47 Thunderbolt with the 56th Fighter Group of the Eighth Air Force with a primary mission of protecting B-17 Flying Fortress bombers. He received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star and Distinguished Flying Cross. He worked for Republic Aviation as a public relations executive. He later joined the Air Force Rerserves and recalled his battles in the 1958 book Thunderbolt! He was a member of the LI Early Fliers' Club, a group dedicated to the preservation of LI Aviation history. He was the husband of the late Barbara.
Carmella Mary Koziatek (nee Ferro), of Syosset, died on Jan. 14, 1998. Wife of the late Edward A. Mother of Karen and Richard Johnson, Edward and Linda, John and Laura and William and Marian Koziatek. Grandmother of 10. Sister of Rose Izzo, Frances Golden and Mike Ferro. Arrangements were made by the Beney Funeral Home, Syosset. Funeral Mass at St. Edward Confessor RC Church. Interment Holy Rood Cemetery.