P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "J"
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Michael J. Jackson ....volunteered for flying training in 1941 and graduated from Kelly Field with the class of 42C as a second lieutenant. Following assignment as an instructor pilot at Randolph Field he was transferred to Stewart Field, United States Military Academy, West Point. He was one of fifty in the original cadre of instructors to teach basic, advanced and fighter training to West Point cadets. With the graduation of the first class with wings in June of 1943, Lieutenant Jackson volunteered for combat duty. Assigned to the 407th Fighter Bomber Group, he flew A-36's, P-51's and P-47's.
Teresa D. James First licensed Woman Flight Instructor in 1939. Taught Flight and Ground Instruction at Tumak Aviation Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania until she received a telegram from General "Hap" Arnold September 1942 requesting her to report to 2nd Ferrying Division, Wilmington, Delaware for a flight check. Teresa was one of the "elite corps" of Twenty-five women pilots selected for experimentation to fly all types of Army Aircraft. Known as W.A.F.S. (Womens Auxiliary Ferrying Sqd.) they were forerunners of W.A.S.P. (Womens Air Force Service Pilots).
George W. Janovitz The Ninth Air Force flew some escort missions but the primary objective was close air support in support of Gen. Patton's 3rd Army. The 511th sqdn. on D-30 arrived at Picaville, France with subsequent (A-8,) at A-14, Creteville; A-64, St. Dizier and during the BULGE to Y-32 in Belgium, in support of the 1st US ARMY. He flew 95 missions and was Squadron Operations Officer at the time of rotation (4th of May 1945).
Leon E. Jansen He flew 110 missions prior to being returned to the United States for R&R with orders to return to his unit after thirty days leave in the Zone of Interior. He flew an additional 45 missions during his second tour with the 66th Fighter Squadron accumulating a total of 155 missions in the P-47. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal with eight Oak Leaf Clusters.
Paul D. Jewell He was assigned to the 514th Squadron of the 406th Fighter Group then stationed at Munster, Germany. While flying with the Squadron, only four days following the cessation of hostilities, Jewell had the questionable opportunity to use the skids of his Jug thanks to a terminally ill main bearing. Picked up by our British friends, he enjoyed their hospitality for over a week including an assigned Bat-Boy.
Carl H. Johnson We went to IWO JIMA, where my first flight was on the 27th of July, 1945. The next day I flew local, testing a belly tank for use in our long range flights to Japan. My first (and only) flight to Japan was to Takamatsu on August eighth, 1945. We carried rockets against ground targets, no enemy aircraft sighted. These very long range VLR missions were from ten to eleven hours long. Fortunately, the Jug N cockpit was roomy and we sat on inflated wheel-chair cushion tubes on top of that dinghy.
James Troy Johnson March 1943, first combat west of Tripoli, Libya (Mareth Line); close support for the British Eighth Army. 165 missions later (Tunisia, Sicily, Italy), and after a short trip Stateside, Capt. J. T. was appointed Cmdr 316th (Hell's Belles) Sqdn - early Nov. 1944, Dole-Tavaux, France. First duty was to check out in a new P-47, #70. The cockpit was so quiet, compared to a P-40, it was unnerving.
Kenneth O. Johnson In late January 1943 I reported to Decatur, Illinois since I had signed up for the cadet program at Scott Field, Illinois was shipped back to St. Louis, Missouri (Jefferson Barracks) the same day. Weathered the winter of '43 in the World War I type barracks, the worst two months of my life. Was sent to the university of Missouri at Columbia for C.T.D. After five enjoyable months went to San Antonio, Texas for classification and basic ground training.
Lloyd L. Johnson Colonel Johnson entered military service as a cadet in the United States Army Air Corps on 25 February 1943. He graduated from Flight Training on 14 April 1944, at Luke Field, Phoenix, Arizona. He served in the European Theatre in 1944-1945 as a fighter pilot with the 50th Fighter Group and the 81st Fighter Squadron. He was credited with four aerial victories and one of the first American pilots to shoot down a German ME-262 jet fighter while flying an American P-47 Thunderbolt.
Lynwood Scott Johnson With 311th Fighter Squadron, 58th Group, flew 114 combat missions in New Guinea and Philippine Islands primarily in support of ground forces. Dive, skip and napalm bombing along with extensive strafing of ground targets, including an enemy naval task force (for which he received the Distinguished Flying Cross) made up most of the missions. Shot down one twin engine enemy aircraft for which he was awarded another Oak Leaf Cluster to the Air Medal.
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