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|Pilot F/O Gerald R. Shannon, T-002716 (MIA / KIA) Kittanning, PA
MIA January 20, 1945
Built by Lockheed Aircraft Corporation (LAC) in Burbank. Constructors Number 422-6459. Delivered to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as P-38L-5-LO Lightning serial number 44-25455. This aircraft had a natural aluminum finish. Disassembled and shipped overseas and reassembled.
Assigned to the 13th Air Force (13th AF), 18th Fighter Group (18th FG), 12th Fighter Squadron (12th FS). No known nose art or nickname.
On January 20, 1945 took off from Lingayen Airfield piloted by F/O Gerald R. Shannon on a strafing mission against Japanese forces. During the mission, this aircraft 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 earned the Air Medal and Purple Heart, posthumously. Shannon is memorialized at Manila American Cemetery on the tablets of the missing.
Laurence Trulick (mother's cousin was Shannon)
NARA World War II Army Enlistment Records - Gerald R. Shannon
USAF Serial Number Search Results - P-38L-5-LO Lightning 44-25455
January 1945 USAAF Overseas Accident Reports does not list this aircraft or pilot
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Gerald R. Shannon
FindAGrave - FLt O Gerald R Shannon (tablets of the missing)
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