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This contains information written on the back of the original print and some of it may be inaccurate.

Men of the 56th Fighter Group gather outside a hangar at Horsham St. Faith air base to listen to radio reports of Lieutenant Ralph A. Johnson's dramatic bail out from his P-47 Thunderbolt over the North Sea, 26 June 1943. Printed caption on reverse of print: 'Men listening to radio as Lt. Ralph Johnson bails out of damaged P-47.'



  • 56th Fighter Group

    56th Fighter 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...


  • Ralph Johnson

    Military | Colonel | Pilot
    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


  • Horsham St Faith

    Military site : airfield
    Horsham St Faith was an RAF Bomber Command Station opened in June 1940. It was home to Bristol Blenheim medium-bombers, and was for a time occupied by fighters, including those of No. 19 Squadron and No. 264 Squadron. From September 1942 the airfield...


Date Contributor Update
08 September 2014 15:23:28 AAM AAM ingest

IWM, Roger Freeman Collection