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Limited Edition are signed and numbered by the Artist and by P-47 Ace, Robert Johnson. $75.00
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Here is Robert the mid-western young American.
one month before the
Johnson during training in a Ryan.
was assigned to the 61st Fighter Squadron, 56th Fighter Group where he was
introduced to the new P-47 Thunderbolt. The Thunderbolt was an impressive
fighter larger than anything else Johnson and his fellow pilots had flow.
Johnson was impressed with the performance of the fighter considering its size.
After the group checked out in the P-47 they waited their turn to be sent to the
front which was in three different areas of the globe at the time.
the group received their orders and they were transferred to
Johnson with his P-47.
group started flying their first missions and everyone was ready especially
after reading every newspaper article about the great aerial clashes during the
Battle of Britton. Robert and the rest of the group were inspired by the news
reels they had watched at the local theatres back home in
earned his first aerial victory on June 13th by downing a Focke-Wulf
FW190 southwest of Burgues. Slowly he would gain not just one victory after
another but would become famous for his many multiple victories during each
mission. His next victory was on August 19th this time against the
notorious Messerschmitt 109. Five days later he was credited with damaging
another Focke Wulf.
was months before Robert would down another enemy fighter. People do not
understand how many of our pilots would fly many missions and never encounter an
enemy aircraft. That was a part of combat. With the battlefield being
three-dimensional and spread over a vast area of the sky it was not that
uncommon for a fighter pilot to miss the fray. Robert and his fellow pilots
continued to escort bombers doing their jobs.
Johnson and Sgt. Penfold.It was not until October before Robert would tangle with the Luftwaffe again. On October 8th he downed another Focke Wulf giving him now three aerial victories and one damaged. Two days later on October 10th he downed an Fw-190 and a twin engine Messerschmitt 110 fighter. As Robert winged over and headed back to base he knew he would be honored as an Ace. There were not that many Aces in the Group as yet so there would be a celebratory occasion.
December 31, 1943 Johnson was a double ace with ten confirmed kills. This was
truly an accomplishment that quickly earned him much respect with his fellow
pilots. Robert served with Gabby Gabreski and many of our finest Aces. Gabby who
ended the war as the top American ace in
"Lucky", the P-47B above was the aircraft that Johnson scored most of his victories while flying.
the second P-47 that Johnson flew was the fighter that he scored most of his
victories in. The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was one of
his combat duty, Johnson increased his victories at a rapid pace with one triple
and seven doubles all on single missions. Johnson was the first American ace to
break Eddie Rickenbacker’s score who was our top ace in World War I with 26
ended his combat duty in May 1944 as the second highest-scoring ace in
Johnson and scoreboard.
knew that his true number of aerial kills exceeded 35 aircraft and he never
claimed any enemy aircraft that he destroyed on the ground, which were many.
is an honor for me to be able to meet and work with Robert Johnson. A true
American Hero who earned the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star,
Distinguished Flying Cross with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Purple Heart, Air Medal
with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Presidential Unit Citation with one Oak Leaf
Cluster, the British Distinguished Flying Cross, the Belgian Croix de Guerre
with Palm, and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm. Robert earned a total of 26
medals for his achievements.
Johnson and Sgt. Penfold.
Sgt. Penfold, Johnson, and Sam, his machine gun armor.
Fighter pilots of every nation would bond with the men that kept his fighter in the air. The ground crew and armor were a team who celebrated the success of the fighter pilot they worked with. Robert was a great guy and everyone loved him.
Johnson, "Penrod and Sam" with officers.
Robert named his last fighter after Sgt. Penfold, "Pinrod" and Sam form the photo above this one.
Johnson after returning to the states.
Photo of Robert Johnson and artist Ernie Boyette.
The three different P-47's Johnson flew.
Painting size 36x48".
This painting is signed by Robert Johnson and is available for $5,000.00.
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Robert Johnson, American Hero.
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