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|Pilot F/O Charles E. Shannon, Jr., T-007705 (MIA / KIA) WV
MIA May 29, 1945
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 422-5957. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38L-1-LO Lightning serial number 44-24953. Converted into a F-5E-4-LO Lightning photographic reconnaissance version. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group (6th PRG), 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Equipped with K-17 and K-18 aerial cameras.
On May 29, 1945 took off from McGuire Airfield (San Jose) on Leyte on a photo reconnaissance mission over Indo China (Vietnam). Weather was scattered cumulus clouds at 25,000' with 4/10th coverage. Last contact was ninety miles south of Palawan with 15 minutes of fuel remaining.
After being reported missing, search missions were flown by other F-5s during the same day and more searches on May 30th. No sighting were made.
Officially declared dead the day of the mission. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38L-1-LO Lightning 44-24953
Missing Air Crew Report 14540 (MACR 14540)
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