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  F-5E-4-LO Lightning Serial Number 44-24953  
USAAF
13th AF
6th PRG
25th PRS

Pilot  F/O Charles E. Shannon, Jr., T-007705 (MIA / KIA) WV
MIA  May 29, 1945
MACR  14540

Aircraft History
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Converted from a P-38L-1-LO model into a F-5E-4-LO photographic reconnaissance version. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as F-5E-4-LO Lightning serial number 44-24953. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.

Wartime History
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 6th Photographic Reconnaissance Group, 25th Photographic Reconnaissance Squadron. No known nose art or nickname. Equipped with K-17 and K-18 aerial cameras.

Mission History
On May 29, 1945 took off from McGuire Airfield (San Jose) on Leyte for a photo reconnaissance mission over Indo China (Vietnam). Weather was scattered cumulus clouds at 25,000' with 4/10th coverage. Last contact was ninty miles south of Palawan with 15 minutes of fuel remaining.

Search
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.

Memorials
Officially declared dead the day of the mission. Memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.

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Last Updated
January 5, 2018

 

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