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|Pilot 2nd Lt. John C. Johnston, O-789918 (MIA / KIA) NC
MIA November 30, 1942
"Green Flight" was led by Carl Aubrey with wingman P-40E Warhawk piloted by 1st Lt Voorhees with element leader Don Lee and wingman John Johnson. Flying at 8,000', the formation was searching among the clouds for P-40s from the 8th Fighter Squadron to escort.
At 14:45 hours over the Dobodura area the 8th Squadron planes radioed that they were under attack by A6M2 Zeros from the 252 Kokutai west of Buna village. The two pairs of escort P-40s drifted apart and were attacked from above by Zeros. According to Captain Nelson, who was not in the dogfight, the combat was in the vicinity south of Embi Lakes, within a thirty mile radius of Dobodura Airfield.
Voorhees was credited with one enemy fighter shot down. Two other pilots: Lt. Paul J. Slocum of the 7th Fighter Squadron and and Lt. Furlso S. Wagner of 41st Fighter Squadron also claimed one enemy fighter shot down each. The Japanese lost two Zeros shot down.
At 2:45pm over the Dobodura area, twelve A6M2 Zeros were encountered in a loose formation and individual dog fights ensued lasting approximately twenty minutes. Johnston's P-40 was seen to crash and explode. Also lost was P-40E piloted by Voorhees. The remainder of the flight returned to their base.
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