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Ralph A Johnson

Military

RTD Ditched in North Sea in P-47 on 26 Jun 43/ see story in 'My War' by Andy Rooney on page 137.

Legion of Merit, DFC,POW,Air medal

Service

Units served with

  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter Group

    Group
    Flying P-47 Thunderbolts throughout their time stationed in England, the Group, known as "the Wolfpack", had more ace pilots than any other Eighth Air Force Fighter Group. The 56th Fighter Group also destroyed more enemy aircraft in air combat than any...

  • 62nd Fighter Squadron
  • Headquarters (56th Fighter Group)

Associated Place

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Halesworth

    Military site : airfield
    Halesworth was constructed in 1942-1943. Initially planned as a bomber airfield, its location close to the Suffolk coast meant that it was in an ideal position to operate escort fighters, where range was a critical factor. Consequently, the 56th...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pikeville, Kentucky 19 June 1919
Died 6 December 2011
Buried Andersonville National Cemetery, Georgia

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 March 2017 21:31:15 WD-C Mustang Changes to service number, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:44 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000, Losses of the 8th and 9th AFs Vol. I by Bishop and Hey p. 167

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