|35th Fighter Squadron (35th FS) pilots in flight gear at 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby
(Left to right) Max Wiecks, John Case, Hervey Carpenterter, Irving Erickson, 2nd Lt Gentry R. Plunkett, Jr., 2nd William G. Hosford, James Selzer, Jerry Quandt, 2nd Lt. Paul S. Miller, J. W. Eagan, E. B. Connell, D. C. Gibson. Later that same day, Hosford was Killed In Action (KIA) piloting P-39F Airacobra 41-7200 on a mission to intercept Japanese aircraft.
Wartime caption: "American fighter pilots on duty in sector enjoy a snack of lunch between assignments, at New Guinea base in Port Moresby on July 9, 1942 [sic June 1, 1942]. Left to right: Max Wiecks, Dallas, Texas; John Case, Pomona, Calif, Harry Carpenter [sic Hervey Carpenterter], Irving Erickson, Oakland, Calif.; Jentry Plunkett [sic Gentry R. Plunkett, Jr.], Lynchburg, Va.; William Hosford, Somerville, Mass.; James Selzer, Waterloo, Iowa; Jerry Quandt, Riverfall, Wis.; Paul Miller, Pasadena Calif.; J.W. Eagan, Hill City, S.D.; E.B. Connell, Ft. Wayne, Ind.; and D.C. Gibson, Lake Port, California. A short time after picture was taken Hosford (sixth from left) was killed in combat. (AP Photo/Pool)
Credit: AP via The Fight For New Guinea Date: June 1, 1942
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