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Gerald R Johnson

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Country : US
Fought in : WW2
Fought for : Allied

Gerald R Johnson

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Lightning



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Manufacturer : Lockheed

Lightning

Designed by Kelly Johnson the P38 made its maiden flight on the 27th January 1939 and introduced into service in 1941. they cost $134,284 at the time each and a total of 10,037 were built. The Lockheed P-38 was introduced as a inceptor fighter but soon proved a valuable long range bomber escort for the 8thUS Air Force's B-17 and-24 bombers as they bombed targets further into Germany.

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For nearly a thousand years the white cliffs of southern England had taunted many a foreign army.  These fortress walls of chalk, however, were defended by the moat-like waters of the Channel, and together they had shielded the British from her enemies.  Alongside Drake they had defied the armies of Spain and her great Armada and, in 1805, had halted the march of Napoleon's <i>Grand Armée</i>.  No enemy force since that of William the Conqueror in 1066 had successfully managed to cross the Channel in anger but, in May 1940, one of the most powerful armies the world had ever seen arrived at Calais.  An invasion by Hitler's all-conquering Wehrmacht was imminent - or so it seemed.  To cross the Channel and breach the English defences, the Luftwaffe simply had to gain control of the skies, and with massively superior numbers the outcom seemed inevitable.  The fate of Britain lay in the hands of less than 3,000 young airmen from Fighter Command - Churhill's 'Few'.  By July the most famous air battle in history was underway and, over the next three months under tranquil summer skies, the 'Few' battled to defend their Scpetred Isle.  Impossibly outnumbered and flying daily to the point of exhaustion, by October these courageous young men had snatched victory from the jaws of defeat, emerging defiantly victorious.  The threat of invasion might be over but a terrible price had been paid - during that long battle for the survival of Britain 544 had been killed and 422 wounded; and of those who survived a further 814 would be killed before the end of the war.  This painting pays tribute to the valiant 'Few', portraying a fleeting moment of calm for the pilots of 74 (Tiger) Squadron during the height of the Battle of Britain.  With his commanding officer Sailor Malan (ZP-A) to his right, Acting Flight Lieutenant John Freeborn (ZP-C) takes time to reflect on another day of intense combat while passing over the white cliffs and the familiar lighthouse at Beachy Head, as the squadron cross the English coast to head for home.

This Sceptred Isle by Robert Taylor.
 A lone Spitfire of 266 Squadron is shown above the sunlit haze of London and the Thames, during the Battle of Britian. 266 Squadron was reformed on 30th October 1939 at RAF Sutton Bridge as a fighter squadron. The squadron was one of the Rhodesian gift squadrons and was named 266 (Rhodesia) Squadron in honour of the gift. Originally it was equipped with the Fairey Battle light bomber, but soon after in January 1940 it received the Supermarine Spitfire and became a fighter squadron. It was in action over Dunkirk in early June and fought in the Battle of Britain.

Guardian of Freedom by Timothy OBrien.
The Luftwaffe had done everything in its power to pummel London into submission but they failed. By the end of September 1940 their losses were mounting. For weeks since the early days of September, London had been the main target for the Luftwaffe and during that time Luftwaffe High Command had grown increasingly despondent as their losses steadily mounted. Far from being on the brink of collapse RAF Fighter Command, though vastly outnumbered, had shown an incredible resilience. The fighting had reached a dramatic climax on Sunday 15th September when, bloodied and bruised, the Luftwaffe had lost the upper hand on a day of intense combat that had culminated with a humiliating retreat. Almost every day that had passed since then had seen the Luftwaffe do everything in its power to pummel London and regain the initiative, but the daylight raids were becoming increasingly costly. On Friday 27th September, 80 days after the Battle of Britain had officially begun, the Luftwaffe came once more, this time concentrating on the fastest bombers they had - Ju88s and Bf110s. And they came in force, principally targeting London and Bristol. Anthony Saunders' superb painting depicts one of these raids, this time by bombers from KG77 as they head over the Medway Estuary, east of the City of London, in an attempt to attack the capital's warehouses and docks. Among the many units defending the capital that day was 92 Squadron from Biggin Hill and Anthony portrays the Spitfire of Pilot Officer Geoffrey Wellum in his dramatic piece. With a deft flick of the rudder Wellum banks his fighter away to port seconds after sharing in the destruction of a Ju88. It was just one of more than 50 German aircraft destroyed by the RAF during the day.
Decisive Blow by Anthony Saunders.
 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.1As of No.610 (County of Chester) Sqn RAAF, intercept incoming Heinkel 111H-16s of the 9th Staffel, Kampfgeschwader 53 Legion Condor during the big daylight raids on London of August and September 1940 - the climax of the Battle of Britain.  Spitfire N3029 (DW-K) was shot down by a Bf109 on the 5th of September 1940 and crash-landed near Gravesend, Kent, thankfully without injury to Sgt Willcocks, the pilot.  For the record, N3029 was rebuilt and, following some brief flying in the UK, was sent overseas by convoy to the Middle East.  Ironically, the ship carrying this aircraft was torpedoed en route and both ship and all its cargo were lost.

Close Encounter by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

 Posted to 64 Squadron on 1st July 1940, </a>the tragically short relationship of Sub Lt F Dawson Paul with the Spitfire was crammed with victories.  He immediately shared a Dornier Do17 off Beachy Head and, just four days later claimed a Messerschmitt Bf.109.  Further kills were confirmed over the next two weeks, among them five Bf.110s and another Do.17. His final victory was a Bf.109 on 25th, but on this day he fell to the guns of the German ace Adolf Galland.  Dawson Paul was rescued from the English Channel by a German E-boat, but died of his wounds five days later as a prisoner of war.

The Longest July by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Squadron Leader H C Sawyer is depicted here flying his 65 Sqn Spitfire Mk.1a R6799 (YT-D) in the skies above Kent on 31st July 1940 at the height of the Battle of Britain.  Chasing him is Major Hans Trubenbach of 1 Gruppe, Lehrgeschwader 2 in his Messerschmitt Vf109E-3 (Red 12) . The encounter lasted eight minutes with both pilots surviving.

High Pursuit by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Hawker Hurricane Mk 1s of No 242 Sqn patrol a glorious September sky as the Battle of Britain reaches its climax in the Summer of 1940. The nearest aircraft is that of Sqn Ldr Douglas Bader, flying V7467 in which he claimed four victories, plus two probables and one destroyed. P/O W L McKnight (LE-A) and P/O D W Crowley-Milling (LE-M) are in close attendance.

High Patrol by Ivan Berryman. (PC)
 Routine, though essential, maintenance is carried out on a 501 Sqn Hurricane at the height of the Battle of Britain during the Summer of 1940.  Hurricane P3059 <i>SD-N</i> in the background is the aircraft of Group Captain Byron Duckenfield.

Ground Force by Ivan Berryman. (PC)

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 24th September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
24September1940Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. Bryson of 92 Squadron, was Killed.
24September1940Feldwebel Hans Stechmann of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Gefreiter Kaspar Amhausend of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Hauptmann GŁnther Frhr. von Maltzahn of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Hauptmann Wolfgang Lippert of II./Jagdgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24September1940Leutnant Karl Roos of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Luftwaffe lost Two ME109, One ME110, on eJU88. One DO215. Two DO17
24September1940Major Adolf Galland of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
24September1940Number of aircraft available to the Royal Air Force for service on this day was 698 with 380 Hurricanes, 233 Spitfires, 58 Blenheims, amd 19 Defiants and 8 Gladiators
24September1940Oberleutnant Anton Mader of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Hans (Assi) Hahn of 4./Jagdgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24September1940Oberleutnant Helmut Bennemann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Helmut Bennemann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Helmut KŁhle of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Karl-Heinz Leesmann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Karl-Heinz Leesmann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Michael Sonner of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
24September1940Oberleutnant Ulrich Steinhilper of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Ulrich Steinhilper of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Polish Battle of Britain pilot, P/O W. J. Glowacki of 605 and 145 Squadrons, was Killed.
24September1940Royal Air Force lost Five aircraft with two pilots killed
24September1940Unteroffizier Adolf Benzinger of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
24September1940Unteroffizier Eberhard von Boremski of JG 3 shot down a Blenheim
24September1940Unteroffizier Fritz Schweser of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Unteroffizier Hugo Dahmer of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 24th September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
24September1941Former Czech Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt A. Dvorak of 310 Squadron, was Killed.
24September1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O V. M. Bright of 229 Squadron, was Killed.
24September2002Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. H. P. F. Patten of 64 Squadron, Passed away.

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