|Pilot F/O Gerald R. Shannon, T-002716 (MIA / KIA) PA
MIA January 20, 1945
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank, California. Delivered to the U. S. Army. This
aircraft had a natural aluminum finish. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 5th Air Force, 18th Fighter Group, 12th Fighter Squadron. No known nose art or nickname.
Took off from Lingayen Airfield on a strafing mission against Japanese forces. Experienced difficulties and was observed to crash and explode on impact 21 miles north-northeast of Lingayen Gulf at roughly Lat 6° 10'N, Long 120° 19'E. No trace of the aircraft or pilot was seen. When this aircraft failed to return, Shannon was listed as Missing In Action (MIA).
Shannon was officially declared dead the day of the mission. He is memorialized on the tablets of the missing at Manila American Cemetery.
Laurence Trulick (mother's cousin was Shannon)
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June 4, 2019