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Charles Shaffer Crew—Crashed after takeoff from Mokerang Airfield on 27 May 1944
13th Air Force, 372nd Bombardment Squadron, 307th Bombardment Group

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Charles Shaffer Crew

Picture Caption: Henderson Field, Guadalcanal, Solomon Islands - Ground Crew of the Consolidated B-24 "Annie Fay," who have kept the plane in tip-top shape for every mission. They are, left to right,: M/Sgt Walter J. Ladd, crew chief of Gainesville, Georgia; Cpl Guy E. Cain, of Buffalo, West Virginia; Sgt Hames C. Page of Stokes, North Carolina; and Cpl John Stolar of Pottstwon, Pennsylvania. May 1944
Excerpt about the Rice Crew shoot down from "The Long Rangers" by Sam Britt: Lt. Chrles H. Shaffer (372nd) crashed one and one hald minutes after take off for unknown causes, and the plane exploded when it hit the water.

Information from Mission Report:

  • 27 May 1944 mission was to strike the beach defenses at Bosnek (Biak Island)
  • The pilot wass Lt. Shaffer
  • The plane crashed into the water shortly after takeoff.
  • All 11 crew members were lost (a standard crew was 10 therefore; the plane must have included an extra member for some reason).

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