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William Ramon Johnson Sr.

Military

William R Johnson served as a fighter pilot with the 9th Air Force. He completed 107 missions in P-47 Thunderbolts over the European Theater from England, France and Belgium and three missions over Kiska, Alaska in an A-24 Divebomber.

He was with the 391st Squadron of the 366th fighter Group from April 1944 until March 1945.

Service

Units served with

  • 366th Fighter Group

    366th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved in England over the New Year of 1944, setting up home first at Membury and then at Thruxton. The pilots' first mission was a fighter sweep of the French coast in March 1944 and from then until D-Day that June the ground supported Allied...

  • 48th Fighter Group

    48th Fighter Group

    Group
    The Group moved to England in March 1944 and were stationed at Ibsley where the pilots trained in P-47s in preparation for the Allied invasion of Normandy. The wartime motto was in Latin 'vulneratus non victus' (Unconquered even though wounded). ...

  • 391st Fighter Squadron
  • 494th Fighter Squadron

Associated Place

  • Thruxton

    Military site : airfield
    Thruxton was developed for use by Army Co-Operation aircraft, before being upgraded to a bomber airfield. The 366th Fighter Group moved in in early 1944, flying missions in support of the build up to D-Day, before moving to the continent with other...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Suffolk County, Virginia 1921
Died Asheville, NC, USA 6 August 2015

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2016 22:03:25 KD4ITI Changes to events
Sources

Dave Wentzel
Carolinas Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
06 July 2016 17:16:36 Lucy May Changes to biography, events and unit associations
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Correspondence with Robert B. Johnson

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2015 20:25:58 KD4ITI Changes to events
Sources

Dave Wentzel
Carolinas Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
09 August 2015 20:21:54 KD4ITI Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, suffix, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events and unit associations
Sources

Dave Wentzel
Carolinas Aviation Museum

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