(21 February 1920 to 27 December 1998) was a USAAF fighter pilot during the Second World War. He is credited with scoring 27 victories during the conflict flying a P-47 Thunderbolt. For his service he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medals and a Purple Heart.
Robert S. Johnson was the first USAAF fighter pilot in the European theater to surpass Eddie Rickenbacker's WWI score of 26 victories.
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During an escort mission to Poznan, Poland, Capt. Robert Johnson and his wingman were jumped by 8 Focke Wulf 190s. Fighting to an altitude of less than 200 feet and with his belly tank frozen in place, Capt. Johnson slowly outmaneuvered and chopped away at one skilled German pilot. "He was good, damned good," recalled Johnson. "I wasn't going to let him escape to fly against American bombers again." Johnson made sure he didn't. Seconds later the concentrated fire from eight .50 caliber machine guns blew the Nazi aircraft and pilot to bits-victory number 23 for Johnson.
Lt. Col. Robert S. Johnson was the 4th highest scoring American Ace of WWII. He was the first American pilot in the European Theater of Operations to break Eddie Rickenbacker's WWI record of 26 kills. Lt. Col. Robert S. Johnson finished the war with 27 confirmed victories.