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

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The brief but accomplished life of Army Air Forces fighter ace Gerald Johnson (1920-45) is the subject of John Bruning's latest book. During three years in the Pacific theater, Johnson shot down twenty-four Japanese aircraft in 265 combat missions. At the age of twenty-four, he commanded the highest-scoring fighter group in the Pacific, the 49th. Tragically, though Johnson had survived three combat tours, which included a mid-air collision with a Japanese aircraft and being shot down by friendly fire, he ...
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Jungle Ace: The Story of One of the USAAF's Great Fighter Leaders, Col. Gerald R. Johnson

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Overview

The brief but accomplished life of Army Air Forces fighter ace Gerald Johnson (1920-45) is the subject of John Bruning's latest book. During three years in the Pacific theater, Johnson shot down twenty-four Japanese aircraft in 265 combat missions. At the age of twenty-four, he commanded the highest-scoring fighter group in the Pacific, the 49th. Tragically, though Johnson had survived three combat tours, which included a mid-air collision with a Japanese aircraft and being shot down by friendly fire, he disappeared while flying a courier mission one month after the war's end. At the time he was one of the USAAF's youngest full colonels.
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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: 9781612340869
  • Publisher: Potomac Books Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/30/2002
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 344,788
  • File size: 4 MB

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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