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« on: April 05, 2000, 08:58:00 PM »
The following narrative is from a book I own. I don't have the know how to post images on the web but know that many of you do this. Along with this true story is an excellent piece of WWII aviation art by the same person that wrote the narrative--Jim Laurier. If someone would step Forward to post this 1.6 megabyte image--there will be some very happy P-47 and FW 190 pilots
Aerial combat is a strange, sometimes surreal, experience, in which the unexplained recur with surprising frequency. Lt. Robert S. Johnson’s encounter with a FW 190 on 16 June 1943, was such an event; it could have come straight out of Ripley’s Believe it or Not.

On 26 June, 1943, P-47C Thunderbolts from the 56th Fighter Groups 61st, 62nd, and 63rd Fighter Squadrons (“Zemke’s Wolfpack”) were launched from AAF Station Boxted to escort an Eighth AF operation against Villacoublay, France. The mission was going smoothly--- until the American formation was bounced by FW 190’s from JG 2 and JG 26, which proceeded to shoot down five thunderbolts and damage seven others, two beyond repair.

One of the P-47’s, the P-47C-2-RE s/n 41-6235 (HV-P, Half Pint) belonged to 61st Fighter Squadron pilot Lt. Robert S. Johnson, who had won his first victory in the same airplane on 13 June. On the 26TH it was a different matter. As Johnson later related in his autobiography, Thunderbolt! a FW 190 caught him in its sights and riddled his airplane with machine gun bullets and 20mm cannon shells. One 2omm round exploded in the cockpit, another passed through the rear part of the sliding hood, jamming it closed. Wounded and half-blind, Johnson could not bail out and had to limp home to survive. Any other fighter would probably have gone down, but the Thunderbolt was one tough customer, and now it showed. Half Pint’s engine kept running, there was no fire, and things looked hopeful until another 190 latched onto the crippled American. The German mercilessly hammered the helpless Thunderbolt, exhausting his machine gun ammunition without result. According to Johnson, the astonished and no doubt bewildered German pilot then eased alongside, studied his would-be victim, saluted, and turned away, leaving the shaken American to nurse his flying sieve back to Boxted. Lt. Johnson landed safely, returned to operations within a few weeks, and went on to finish the war with twenty-eight victories. Half Pint never flew again.




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« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2000, 11:32:00 PM »
Interesting story, Sounds like my typical sortie in Aces High! heh  

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« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2000, 04:22:00 AM »
According to Johnson, the astonished and no doubt bewildered German pilot then eased alongside, studied his would-be victim, saluted, and turned away, leaving the shaken American to nurse his flying sieve back to Boxted.

That was a gentleman...Here people would've called a friend to finish it...chivarly here in AH seems nowhere in 90% of times...


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« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2000, 06:49:00 AM »
Ram: such events were so rare that they stood out and got recounted. IRL most would have got a friend to finish him off.
 Would you want to let someone go when the chances were high that they would return and kill either yourself or your countrymate.
 Read about Malta and that will give you an idea as to how brutal they were with each other, including the shooting down of rescue planes, straffing of pilots in dinghys.
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« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2000, 12:48:00 PM »
Geez ... I chased a plane S the other night from field 16 all the way out to the middle of the water.  We finally got into a fight (pretty good moves on both parts) and I finally got a shot that got him smoking.  As he banked left and slid off low, I let him go instead of following him down and finishing him off.  What did I get in return? .. A snide comment about my "spray and pray" shot.

Just goes to show you that chivarly doesn't often pay in AH.

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« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2000, 01:10:00 PM »
Chivalry has its place, however...

Got chased down by a 109 in my P-38 the other night, so I turned into him to fight, but he blew by and extended.  Since he had buddies not far away, I took the opportunity to continue my egress.  Sure enough, the 109 turns back to follow me.  In doing so, he dived for speed and flew right over one of our factory complexes, taking hits from the ack.  Now he is low and smoking and not so anxious to follow me.  I watched him bleeding speed to ditch, dove down and killed him just before he slid to a stop.

Moral of the story....

It was HIS TURN TO DIE.    

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« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2000, 01:36:00 PM »
 Ammo has allowed me the priviledge of posting the art he mentioned in his post. It`s a large image (431 kb) and will take some time to load but definately worth the wait! Thanks Ammo.  

 

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Thats a JG2 Rooster on the FW-190`s nose <G>

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« Reply #7 on: April 06, 2000, 02:31:00 PM »
Sure enjoyed this ammo, thanks!

I love the painting, who was the artist ammo?
Does not look like Taylor, or Trudgen.

Thanks for posting it weazel.  



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« Reply #8 on: April 06, 2000, 03:41:00 PM »
No thank you weazel! I didnt paint it--I just wanted to share it I have a book--"FLYING ACES- AVIATION ART OF WORLD WAR II"
It has many of these same images and stories! I would be happy to do this agaion if you guys would like.

Dad--the author is Jim Laurier.

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