"FIRST VICTORY FOR THE SCREAMIN' KID" by ROY GRINNELL
Signed by Ace JOHN LOISEL
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John started flying in combat missions with the 36th Fighter
Squadron 8th Fighter Group in New Guinea in September 1942.
Flying the P-39 and P-400 John accumulated 83 missions.
Having gained valuable combat experience flying Airacobras
the SWPA, John was asked to join up with other talented V Fighter
Command pilots to form the 475th Fighter Group. The unit was
equipped with the P-38H Lightings.
On August 21st 1943, escorting bombers from Dobodura to Wewak
Island area, 1st Lt. John Loisel, was number 3 of Clover White Flight.
Approaching Wewak at 9,000 feet, the Clover leader yelled “drop tanks.”
The flight saw P-38s and enemy aircraft at distance straight ahead. After
combat with a Kawasaki Ki-61 Tony, 2 Mitsubishi A6M Zeros, and a twin
engine fighter, John made a head-on pass with another Tony, and he saw
the right wing of the aircraft peeling off in large pieces and believed one
piece struck his wing man, Lt. Paul Lucas’ wing. He claimed this Tony as his
first victory. The
“Screamin’ Kid.” got two more that day claiming two Tony’s
destroyed To make John an Ace.
Johns Final kills in 1943 came on December 13th and 14th when he
downed two more Zekes in the build up to Operation "Alamo" landings
on Cape Gloucester bringing his total score to 11 victories.
John S. Loisel completed the war as a Lt. Colonel and the
475th Group commander at the age of 25.
Hand signed by the Ace John Loisel
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