LAST CALL OVER LAE picture by Michael Claringbould.
"On January 8, 1943, 2/Lt John H. Mangas of the 39th Fighter Squadron went missing over Lae shortly after formation leader 1/Lt Hoyt Eason called on all his aircraft to assemble and return to Port Moresby. Eason made the call at approximately 1820 hours, just on dusk. Mangas was last seen (to) continue making passes at Japanese fighters, and disappeared in clouds on the return to Port Moresby."
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