Best British flying ace of World War II, James “Johnny” Johnson (James Edgar Johnson, 1915 - 2001) with a Labrador named Sally. In the background Spitfire fighter Mk.IX (Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX).
Johnson first combat missions completed in December 1940 as part of 616 Squadron. During the patrol raids over occupied Europe, he claimed his first victory confirmed: June 26, 1941 brought down to “Spitfire» Mk.IIA Bf.109E German fighter over northern France. During his military career, James Edgar Johnson personally won 34 victories in aerial combat (27 of them on the “Spitfire» Mk.IX) and seven in the group. In addition, three personal and two group wins considered probable; He destroyed 10 aircraft on the ground. Johnson became the highest scoring fighter pilot, flying in the war on “Spitfire”. All planes were downed single-engine fighters.