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

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

by John R. Bruning

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Jungle Ace: The Story of One of the USAAF's Great Fighret Leaders, Col. Gerald R. Johnson by John R. Bruning

Flying P-38s, Jerry Johnson shot down 24 aircraft in 265 combat missions in the Pacific theater. At the age of only twenty-four, he commanded the highest-scoring fighter group in the Pacific. 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, the new father disappeared without a trace while flying a courier mission one month after the war’s end.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781574886948
Publisher: Potomac Books
Publication date: 11/30/2003
Series: The Warriors
Pages: 330
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
Introductionxv
Part 1Of Innocence Lost
1Chrysalis3
2The Would-Be Dentist9
3Jackpots and Dodos17
4I Wanted Wings31
5The Green Death Squadron39
Part 2Frozen Wings
6The Backwater War55
7Three Missions to Kiska57
Part 3Jungle Wings
8New Guinea Dog Days69
9The Long Hard Summer81
10On the Deck93
11Wewak Slaughterhouse103
12First Command109
13October Heartbreak115
Part 4Bloody Tuesday
14Wavetop Surprise127
Part 5Fighter Leader
15Republic's Abortion143
16Summer Homecoming167
Part 6Puck in a P-38
17Knights Over Balikpapan177
18Storm Over Leyte187
19Wingtip to Wingtip, Wave After Wave221
20Last Leave, Last Look233
Part 7Point of Departure, Point of Despair
21Goodnight, Sweetheart239
Epilogue243
Glossary249
Notes on Sources251
Index253
About the Author261

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