Jungle Ace: The Story of One of the USAAF's Great Fighter Leaders, Col. Gerald R. Johnson

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Flying the powerful P-38 and possessing extraordinary shooting skill, Jerry Johnson shot down 24 aircraft in 265 combat missions. At the age of 24, he commanded the highest-scoring fighter group in the Pacific. With Dick Bong and Tommy McGuire, he formed an early triumvirate of 5th Air Force aces. A fellow pilot later called him "the Luke Skywalker of my generation." Jungle Ace tells the story of a unique air warrior, one who was both a dare-devil fighter ace and a highly ...
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Overview

Flying the powerful P-38 and possessing extraordinary shooting skill, Jerry Johnson shot down 24 aircraft in 265 combat missions. At the age of 24, he commanded the highest-scoring fighter group in the Pacific. With Dick Bong and Tommy McGuire, he formed an early triumvirate of 5th Air Force aces. A fellow pilot later called him "the Luke Skywalker of my generation." Jungle Ace tells the story of a unique air warrior, one who was both a dare-devil fighter ace and a highly effective combat leader.
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"Compelling . . . Johnson is bound to return to his rightful place of recognition in the top tier of American fighter aces and World War II combat leaders."

"Compelling . . . Johnson is bound to return to his rightful place of recognition in the top tier of American fighter aces and World War II combat leaders."

“In Jungle Ace, John Bruning tells the long overdue story of Col. Gerald Johnson, one of the Pacific’s top aces and one of the war’s top air commanders. Bruning has a gift for painting high-speed aerial action in swift, accurate strokes that put the reader in the cockpit. Jungle Ace is an action-packed story, filled with the screaming high tension of conflict and the poignant agony of a comrade’s sudden death. This gripping account makes you realize how tough a war it was, and Johnson's letters home are a vivid reminder that ordinary men rose to extraordinary heights to survive it.”

“In Jungle Ace, John Bruning tells the long overdue story of Col. Gerald Johnson, one of the Pacific’s top aces and one of the war’s top air commanders. Bruning has a gift for painting high-speed aerial action in swift, accurate strokes that put the reader in the cockpit. Jungle Ace is an action-packed story, filled with the screaming high tension of conflict and the poignant agony of a comrade’s sudden death. This gripping account makes you realize how tough a war it was, and Johnson's letters home are a vivid reminder that ordinary men rose to extraordinary heights to survive it.”

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574884708
  • Publisher: Potomac Books
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Series: The Warriors
  • Pages: 294
  • Product dimensions: 5.60 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

John R. Bruning is the author of Jungle Ace: Col. Gerald R. Johnson, the USAAF’s Top Fighter Leader of the Pacific War (Brassey’s, Inc., 2001). He lives near Portland, Oregon.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix
Introduction xv
Part 1 Of Innocence Lost
1 Chrysalis 3
2 The Would-Be Dentist 9
3 Jackpots and Dodos 17
4 I Wanted Wings 31
5 The Green Death Squadron 39
Part 2 Frozen Wings
6 The Backwater War 55
7 Three Missions to Kiska 57
Part 3 Jungle Wings
8 New Guinea Dog Days 69
9 The Long Hard Summer 81
10 On the Deck 93
11 Wewak Slaughterhouse 103
12 First Command 109
13 October Heartbreak 115
Part 4 Bloody Tuesday
14 Wavetop Surprise 127
Part 5 Fighter Leader
15 Republic's Abortion 143
16 Summer Homecoming 167
Part 6 Puck in a P-38
17 Knights Over Balikpapan 177
18 Storm Over Leyte 187
19 Wingtip to Wingtip, Wave After Wave 221
20 Last Leave, Last Look 233
Part 7 Point of Departure, Point of Despair
21 Goodnight, Sweetheart 239
Epilogue 243
Glossary 249
Notes on Sources 251
Index 253
About the Author 261
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