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America Fighter Aces Card – Arthur G. Johnson, 8.5 Confirmed Victories
America Fighter Aces Card – Arthur G. Johnson, 8.5 Confirmed Victories


 
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This is a pre-printed card, signed by a World War II ace credited with 8.5 confirmed aerial victories. The left portion of the card features depictions of six classic American aircraft, though one of the types is oddly presented twice. The aircraft illustrated are the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom, the Grumman TBF Avenger (twice), the Grumman F-14 Tomcat, the North American P-51 Mustang, and the Republic P-47 Thunderbolt. A statement, printed across the bottom, reads “A proud salute to … American fighter Aces”. At the upper right is the autograph of “Art Johnson”, to which he has added “8½ Air to Air Victories / Flying Spitfires & P 51’s”. Also added to the card is a black stamp depicting a standing beagle, dressed in a top hat and tails, supported by a cane and holding a glass with a young lady reclining inside. Before the figure, is printed, “AMERICAN / BEAGLE / SQ.”, while below is “W. W. 2”. The back of the card is blank. This piece would look great framed with a period photograph of Johnson, especially one in flying gear or beside his aircraft. There are very few of these brave individuals left to sign these autographs, and we are losing more every day. A collection of these autographs would be a wonderful way to honor their service.

Arthur George Johnson was born on March 21, 1922 in Effington, South Dakota. He joined the USAAF for flight training in 1942, being commissioned as a second lieutenant upon graduation on February 6, 1943. That July, Johnson was assigned to the 52nd Fighter Group, part of the 2nd Fighter Squadron, Twelfth Air Force, operating in the Mediterranean Theater. Flying the Supermarine Spitfire, his group flew numerous ground support and escort missions from Sicily and Corsica. Johnson scored his first victory on January 23, 1944, and his second the following day. In March, 1944, the 52nd re-equipped with P-51 Mustangs and became part of the Fifteenth Air Force, flying long range escort missions from Italian bases. Johnson was credited with two confirmed victories on May 31st, and became an ace on June 9th when he downed another. Promoted to first lieutenant, he was credited with the destruction of enemy aircraft on June 11th, and shared the credit for another five days later. He shot down two additional aircraft in July, raising his total to 8½ confirmed. He was promoted to captain in August, and rotated home in October. After the war, Johnson received a degree in pharmacology and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Minnesota. Arthur G. Johnson died on November 26, 2011, in Gig Harbor, Washington.

Decorations: Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal with sixteen Oak Leaf Clusters.

The presently offered card is in excellent condition, with nothing to detract from the overall eye appeal and desirability of the piece. There is some lightness in the applied stamp, though this seems to add an interesting character to this particular offering (most of these cards do not have this stamp). This piece measures approximately 3½ x 5 inches. A great beginning or addition to any ace autograph collection.


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