Johnson chats to his crew chief

Gerald W Johnson was born on the 10th of July 1919 in Owenton Kentucky USA, he left college to enter the U.S. Army Air Corps as an aviation cadet in September 1941. He graduated from flight training in April of 1942, shortly after this he joined the 56th Fighter Group. Transferring to the 356th Fighter Group in November of 1943. He returned to the 56th Fighter Group in February 1944 as a Major and commander of the 63rd Fighter Squadron. On the 27th of March 1944 while strafing a train Johnson was shot down and taken prisoner, he spent the rest of the War as a POW at Stalag Luft. Johnson remained in the Air Force after the War and was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in October 1945. During the Vietnam War Johnson commanded B-52 units, and in later years he helped with the organization of the Saudi Air Force. Major Gerald W Johnson finished the War with 16.5 victories.