Leon Johnson; WWII Bomber Pilot; Medal of Honor; MOH

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  • Item Category: Books, Paper & Magazines
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Oct 05, 2007
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ItemDescription This is a thick stock card signed by USAF General and Medal of Honor recipient Leon Johnson. This card has been cut from another item, but is in excellent condition, and is signed in pencil by this outstanding pilot and American hero. Biographical Highlights General Leon Johnson, who received the Medal of Honor for his action during the famed Ploesti raid, is one of America's most highly acclaimed air combat leaders of World War II . A West Point graduate, he was commissioned into the Infantry in 1926. He transferred to the Army Air Corps in 1929 and entered pilot training. After flying observation aircraft for 5 years, Johnson gave up his temporary rank of captain to study meteorology at Cal Tech. He then served as a weather officer at Barksdale Field until 1939, when he returned to the cockpit to fly bombers at Savannah, Georgia. Shortly after America entered the war, he was one of four pilots who activated Eighth Air Force and, in June 1942, traveled with this newly formed unit to England. Six months later, Colonel Johnson assumed command of the 44th Bomb Group, then flying B-24D Liberator bombers. In July 1943 he led his group, known as "The Flying Eightballs," to North Africa in preparation for Operation Tidal Wave--a 2,400-mile mission to attack the Ploesti oil installation in Romania. As a result of this daring ... read more