- book & print portfolio -
by Robert Taylor
Robert Taylor’s latest portfolio features one of the most respected fighter pilots of all time, ‘Johnnie’ Johnson. With 38 victories to his credit, not only was he the highest-scoring Spitfire Ace of WWII and the most prolific RAF pilot against the Luftwaffe but, in some 1,000 combat missions, he was never shot down, and only once was his Spitfire damaged in action.
The centrepiece of this highly-restricted edition features a detailed drawing entitled Wing Leader, beautifully portraying Johnson leading Mk.IX Spitfires of his 144 Canadian Wing out across the Channel as they head out across the Normandy beach-head on the morning of
|Overall size: 19" x 34½"||Available in the following editions|
|25||Limited edition||Two prints, matted to include the original signature of Johnnie Johnson. Includes Ltd. ed. book||$1995|
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Air Vice-Marshal J.E. ‘Johnnie’ Johnson.
To complete the portfolio, each compilation is accompanied by a matching-numbered
Johnson grew up and was educated in the East Midlands, where he qualified as an engineer. A sportsman, Johnson broke his collarbone while playing rugby, an injury that later complicated his ambitions of becoming a fighter pilot. Johnson had been interested in aviation since his youth and applied to join the RAF. He was initially rejected, first on social, and then on medical grounds; he was eventually accepted in August 1939. The injury problems, however, returned during his early training and flying career, resulting in him missing the Battle of France and the Battle of Britain between May and October 1940.
In 1940 Johnson had an operation to reset his collarbone, and began flying regularly. He took part in the offensive sweeps over German-occupied Europe from 1941 to 1944, almost without rest. Johnson was involved in heavy aerial fighting during this period. His combat tour included participation in the Dieppe Raid, Combined Bomber Offensive, Battle of Normandy, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge and the Western Allied invasion of Germany. Johnson progressed to the rank of group captain by the end of the war.
Johnson was credited with 34 individual victories over enemy aircraft, as well as seven shared victories, three shared probable, ten damaged, three shared damaged and one destroyed on the ground. Johnson flew 700 operational sorties and engaged enemy aircraft on 57 occasions. Included in his list of individual victories were 14 Messerschmitt Bf 109s and 20 Focke-Wulf Fw 190s destroyed making him the most successful RAF ace against the Fw 190. This score made him the highest scoring Western Allied fighter ace against the Luftwaffe.
Continuing his career in the RAF after the war, and served in the Korean War before retiring in 1966 with the rank of Air Vice Marshal.
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