P47 Pilots Biographies, Last Name Starting With "J"
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Richard Johnson As a fighter pilot in North Africa and Italy, test pilot "Dick" Johnson logged 4500 hours in more than 35 aircraft, including the rocket-propelled Bell X-1, the world’s first supersonic aircraft. In all, he flew 180 missions, mostly in a P-47 Thunderbolt also known as the "Train Buster."
Robert S. Johnson .....Submitted ideas, and worked on their development to improve the cockpit and performance of aircraft for the pilot. Among these were the standardized cockpit; extension of our Coastal Radar warning by use of floating radar stations - later called picket ships and Texas Towers; the idea that started the development of the navigation system now used in space flight.
William R. Johnson ....Returning to base at 15,000 feet with wingman, Lt. Dunham (later lost in action), spotted a gaggle of approximately thirty 109s and 190s at one o'clock and roughly 11,000 feet. Called to Lt. Dunham for cover. When the Jerries were directly below, rolled and split S. Tailed in out of the sun, throttling back to keep from over-running. Sighted in on a 109 and gave two short bursts. He exploded. Slid over on another 109 and gave one short burst. His wing on fire, he went into a violent spin, disintegrating as he spun.
Wesley U. Johnston Assigned to Jungle Survival Training conducted by Office of Strategic Services (OSS) personnel, with Kachin hill tribesmen, at a jungle outpost on the Chindwin (Tanai) River near Taro, Burma, after which he trained group pilots in survival. While flying combat missions in P-47's in Burma, he was responsible for training and checkout of 58th and 59th squadron pilots in P-38's at Moran and Nagaghuli in Assam, India. He had not seen a P-38 before and today has the Pilot Manual he used to conduct training.
John V. Jones JOHN V. JONES, born September 1, 1920 in Bessemer, Alabama. Joined U.S. Army Air Force Reserves in November, 1941. Called to active duty on May 6, 1942. Took basic training as Keesler Field, Mississippi. Pre-flight at Kelly Field, Texas: Primary at Chickasha, Oklahoma: Basic Flying at Perrin Field, Sherman, Texas;
Nolan I. Jones He graduated as a Staff Sergeant Pilot, class 42-J, November 10, 1942, and along with the rest of his staff sergeant classmates, was about a week later, retroactively appointed flight officer, one of the first of a long dead breed. He transitioned to P-39's, (world's fastest tricycle) at Cross City AAB, Florida, then joined the 23rd Squadron, 36th Fighter Group at Vega Baja Airdrome, Puerto Rico, in January, 1943. In mid.1943, the 36th returned to the States and Jones checked out in the new P-47 at Charleston AAB, South Carolina.
Robert H. Jones In 1953 he volunteered for exchange duty with the U.S. Navy and joined the 191st Fighter Squadron, checking out in the FAF-6 cougar jet fighter and, after corner qualifications; deployed to the Far East and Sea of Japan aboard the USS Oriskany (CVA-34).While aboard, the movie "Bridges of Toko-Ri" was filmed. Before the cruise ended in April, 1954, he had completed 61 corner landings and 59 catapult launches.
Everett Riley Jones, Jr. Served to Capt. USAAF, 1942-45. Decorated D.F.C., Air medal with 4 oak leaf clusters......
John V. Jordan After completion of all required training in the Thunderbolt, he was assigned combat duties with the 86th Fighter Group, 525th Squadron in Italy. The 86th was equipped with the A-36, "Invader" (P-51A with dive flaps) in support of "Operation Strangle." After completion of nine combat missions in the A-36, never learning how to start or stop it, his unit was re-equipped with the Thunderbolt. He flew another 100 missions in the P-47 from fields in Italy, Corsica, France, and Germany before returning home.
William J. Jordan Bill enlisted as an Aviation Cadet, Dec. 8, 1941 and received his commission and wings at Craig Field, Selma, Ala., class of 42-J. He was assigned to the 353rd Ftr. Gp. 352nd Ftr. Sq. that was sent to the 8th Air Force in England. Here Bill flew two tours of combat in the P-47 and P-51 with a combat record of two enemy aircraft destroyed in the air, one probably destroyed in the air, three destroyed on the ground and one destroyed on the ground shared.
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