World Battlefronts: BATTLE OF THE SKIES: Again: Twin Aces

The ace business was tied up again.

Last month Major Richard Ira Bong, a P-38 Lightning pilot, shot down his 26th and 27th planes over New Guinea, breaking a tie which had long existed between two marine pilots, Major Joe Foss (Grumman Wildcat) and missing Major Gregory Boyington (Vought Corsair). Thus Dick Bong became the U.S. Ace of Aces.

This week 24-year-old Captain Robert S. Johnson of Lawton, Okla., who used to be a woodworker in his father's cabinet shop, shot down his 26th and 27th planes over Hitler's Europe.

Since Johnson flies...

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