Born in Kenmore, Ohio. Nicknamed "Jerry".
During 1941, Johnson joined the U. S. Army as an aviation cadet at Luke Field and earned his pilot wings during late 1941 and commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant. Assigned to the 11h Air Force, 54th Fighter Group flying the P-39 Airacobra and P-40 Warhawk and claimed two victories flying the P-38 Lightning.
Afterwards, transfered to the 5th Air Force in the South-West Pacific Area (SWPA), 49th Fighter Group, 9th Fighter Squadron.
On November 15, 1943 Johnson accidentally shot down Boomerang A46-136, pilot survived. Later, an Australian flag indicating this Boomerang was painted on Johnson's P-38 Lightning. At this time, Johnson was the 4th highest scoring ace.
Aircraft assigned to Johnson:
P-38F "Sooner" 42-12655
For his wartime service, Johnson earned the Distinguished Service Cross (DSC) with Oak Leaf Cluster, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) with 5 Oak Leaf Clusters, Soldier's Medal, Air Medal with 11 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Johnson was officially declared dead on October 7, 1945. He is memorialized at the courts of the missing, court 7 at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific (Punchbowl).
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Gerald R. Johnson
Jungle Ace: Col. Gerald R. Johnson, the USAAF's Top Fighter Leader of the Pacific War
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