Sergeant Adolphus Sylvanus Akinpelu Johnson was a Nigerian airman of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve who died during the Second World War.

He was born the son of pastor Horatio Victor Emanuel and Ruby Demi Johnson, of Lagos. Johnson enlisted on 4 August 1943, and served as a flight engineer.

Aged 20, Johnson died on 24 July 1944, when his Short Stirling (serial EH978) crashed near RAF Swinderby when it had to abort an emergency landing due to another aircraft being on the runway. The Stirling, belonging to 1660 Heavy Conversion Unit, had been on a night exercise when it struck an oak trea, losing its port tail and elevator. None of the nine crew survived the crash.[1]

He is buried in Cambridge City Cemetery.


  1. Chorley, W.R. (2003), Royal Air Force Bomber Command Losses: Heavy Conversion Units and miscellaneous units, 1939 to 1947, p. 126.


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