2/Lt. John R. Kidd

2nd Lt John R. Kidd rec'd the Air Medal for meritorious achievement while participating in aerial combat in an F-86 Sabrejet Korea 1953. (Picture from John's daughter, Karen)

2/Lt John Kidd (right) shaking hands with Col. James K. Johnson.

Per wikivisually.com on James Johnson: "In the Korean War he was a double ace, credited with shooting down ten enemy aircraft, he also had one "kill" in World War II, when he was a lieutenant colonel. He received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Service Cross, the Silver Star, the Legion of Merit, and the Distinguished Flying Cross." and: "During the Korean War, Johnson commanded the 4th Fighter Interceptor Wing from November 1952 to August 1953, flying combat in an F-86 Sabre; it was from that plane that he received his nickname, "The Mayor of Sabre Jet City". On March 28, 1953 he became the war's 29th jet ace when he shot down his fifth MiG-15, after 86 missions and eight months of combat, he had destroyed ten enemy aircraft, damaged nine more, and had three probables, making him the first double jet ace wing commander.[2][3])


2nd Lt John Kidd USAF Korea 1953 (Picture from John's daughter, Karen)

John Kidd was in Korea from about December 1952 to end of June/beginning of July 1953. (Notes by Karen)

Pilot John Kidd (4th Fighter Interceptor Wing yearbook - 1953)

Karen also sent a huge resolution photo of FU-539. Many thanks!

"He found it somewhere years ago and was so thrilled because it had his Rocketeer insignia on it. He had a copy made and framed and had it on his den wall with some of this TWA career photos." - Karen