World War II Memorials
[These men gave their lives over New Guinea] 
(click on the name links below)

 Tom Lynch was commander of the 39th Squadron at age 21. He was killed in action March 4, 1944.
Click on picture to go to Lynch's Memorial Page.

Bob Faurot was awarded the Air Medal for the first P-38 combat kill in SWPA. He was killed in action March 3, 1943.
Click on name to go to Faurot's Memorial Page.

2/Lt John H. Mangas

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."
Click on the picture to read Gary Smith's "Rest of the Story."


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Lt Lee Costly Haigler

Lee Haigler died in service on November,13, 1943, flying his P-38 aircraft on an escort mission off New Guinea. His flight encountered a storm and he and his aircraft were lost without a trace.
Click on picture to go to Lee's Memorial Page.

 Billy Richards died a hero on August 23, 1944, by taking out a machine gun nest with his plane in order to protect other flyers
Click on picture to go to Richards' Memorial Page.
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