First Victory for the Screamin' Kid by Roy Grinnell
Mission No. 7, 21 August 1943, escorting bombers from Dobodura to the Wewak Island area, 1st Lt. John Loisel, 475 FG, 432 FS, 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, Loisel made a head-on pass with another Tony, and saw the right wing of the aircraft peeling off in large pieces and believed one piece struck his wingman, Lt. Paul Lucas’ wing. He claimed this Tony as his first victory. Loisel got one more that day claiming two Tony’s definitely destroyed for the “Screamin’ Kid.” John S. Loisel completed the war as a Lt. Colonel and the 475th Group Commander, age 25, with 11 victories.