Captain Francis J. Lent of the 475th Fighter Group flying his P-38 Lightning “T-Rigor Mortis” downs an Oscar near Hollandia.
On July 9, 1943, Capt. Lent was assigned to the 431st Fighter Squadron, 475th Fighter Group, "Satan's Angels," then serving in New Guinea. There he flew wing for Tommy McGuire and began his fighter pilot's education. On August 18, 1943 he shot down a Hamp over Wewak and destroyed two more Japanese fighters on the 21st.
On October 15th, fifteen Vals and 39 Zeros, attacked American vessels in Oro Bay. The 475th FG intercepted and claimed 36 aircraft. Lent made ace that day, downing two Zeros and a Val. Over the next five months, he was credited with 5 more victories: a Tony on October 24th over Rabaul, a Zero on November 2nd, also over Rabaul, a Betty on December 16th, and two Zeros on March 31, 1944 over Hollandia.