Robert S. Johnson
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enlarge |Artist: R.T.
Sponsor: Sen. Charles R.
Ford / Tom Clark
Dedication: March 20, 2000
Size: 48" x 36"
Type: Acrylic on Canvas
Colonel Robert S. (Bob) Johnson
of Lawton, Oklahoma, was Oklahoma's highest scoring fighter
pilot of World War II, downing 28 German aircraft. His
heroism and piloting skills ranked with the finest of all
the fighter pilots of World War II. The painting depicts
Colonel Johnson doing what he did best, shooting down the
enemy while flying his Republic P-47D-21, Serial #22-5513,
nicknamed "Penrod and Same' after his trusted ground
On May 8, 1944, he scored his
final two kills on yet another mission to Berlin and Brunswick.
His report on the engagements read as follows: "About
30 Huns were over the bombers, their contrails snaking
out of the sky. Smoke was coming from the bomber box and
one was going down. I started after the Jerries and then
saw a ME109 diving at me. I rolled and fired at it, but
missed. Then he squirted at me and missed. I made another
turn, and he tried to outrun me, the damned fool. He went
down, rolling and turning to evade, and I hit him every
half roll. When his wing came off I figured he'd had it."
Bob Johnson's last two victories
equaled and then bettered the record of America's highest
ranking World War I ace, Captain Eddie Rickenbacker, who
had downed 26 German aircraft. The
"Brass" ordered him home, effective immediately,
for war bond fund raising tours, talks to factory workers and
interviews. Bob Johnson was promoted to Major upon his return
to America, took to the publicity circuit like a duck to water,
and stayed with it. We honor Colonel Robert S. (Bob) Johnson
as representative of all Oklahomans serving in the Army Air
Corps during World War II.
are copyright of The Oklahoma State Senate Historical Preservation
Fund, Inc. and the artist. Please contact Sandra Shelton
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