“The Fighting Cocks” 67th FS, 347th FG, 13th USAAF
Lt. John Raymond Johnson of the 67th Fighter Squadron, 347th Fighter Group, 13th USAAF at Middleburg, Dutch New Guinea During September 1944 – January 1945
The 13th Air Force did not fight the most glamorous of wars, theirs’ was a war of ground attack, relentlessly destroying Japanese ground forces and infrastructure. They fought, not from centralized bases closely tied together, but from island bases, spread hundreds of miles apart. Units of the 13th Air Force moved from the Fijis and Australia through New Caledonia and New Hebrides, up the ladder of the Solomons to the Admiralties and the Netherlands Indies, and finally through the Philippines.
From the most easterly point, Bora Bora, in the Society Islands, to the most northerly, Lingayen, in the Philippines, the 13th AF traveled approximately 7,000 statute miles over an area of at least 4,000,000 square miles. Lightnings…
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