Lt. John “Ray” Johnson’s “Fighting Cocks” P-38L-1 Sep 1944 – Mar 1945

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Making History

“The Fighting Cocks”  67th FS, 347th FG, 13th USAAF

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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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Intermission – Not Just Pretty Nose Art; The P-61 Black Widows of Iwo Jima and Le Shima, March-August 1945 — Making History

The Night Fighter Squadrons of Iwo Jima are possibly best known for the nose art applied to their aircraft, after all it was perhaps some of the best in the entire war. But, that does the men of the 348th, 349th and 6th Night Fighter Squadrons a disservice as there’s far more that they deserve to be known and remembered for.

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Intermission – 24 August 1942 – This Day in Aviation

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24 August 1942: Flying a Grumman F4F Wildcat, Lieutenant Marion Eugene Carl, United States Marine Corps, a 27-year-old fighter pilot assigned to Marine Fighter Squadron 223 (VMF-223) based at Henderson Field, Guadalcanal Island, shot down four enemy airplanes in one day. They were a Mitsubishi A6M “Zeke” fighter, a Mitsubishi G4M1 “Betty” medium bomber and two Nakajima B5N2 “Kate” torpedo bombers. Carl had previously shot down an A6M during the Battle of Midway, less than three months earlier. He now had five aerial combat victories, making him the Marine Corps’ first ace.