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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 3:01 pm 
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The USO has just advised us of a dignified transfer arriving at PHL this Saturday, May 11th at approximately 2:30 pm. This recently identified WWII Soldier will be transferred to a funeral home in the Pottstown area.

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Seventy-four years after his bomber crashed in a Pacific lagoon, the remains of a Pottstown airman who died serving his country have been identified. U.S. Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer, 22, was accounted for on Dec. 20, 2018.

According to a release from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency, Shaffer's B-24J bomber, often called a "Liberator," crashed in Tarawa lagoon shortly after takeoff on Jan. 21, 1944. Shaffer, the radio operator, and the nine other servicemen aboard the aircraft, nicknamed the "Galloping Gus," were killed when the plane crashed, exploded and sank in 24 feet of water. The crew were members of the 38th Bombardment Squadron, 30th Bombardment Group, stationed at Hawkins Field, Betio Island, Tarawa Atoll in the Gilbert Islands.

According to the website Pacific Wrecks, Shaffer's plane was part of a bombing mission against Japanese forces located on a series of islands in the Kwajalein Atoll. Shaffer's plane took off 17 minutes after B-24J "Miss Bee Haven" which also crashed after take off, although some of those crew members survived. Water in the fuel is believed to be the cause of both crashes.

The mission's target, was a one-square-mile island known as Roi-Namur, located on the northern portion of the Kwajalein Atoll, which is located in the Marshall Islands. The Japanese target hosted two airfields, a submarine base, communications and weather stations.

On Feb. 2, 1944, 12 days after Shaffer's mission, American forces landed at Roi and Namur islands after heavy Naval bombardment and secured the islands in eight hours as part of "Operation Flintlock," according to "Pacific Wrecks." The capture of Kwajalein Atoll during Operation Flintlock, which cost 332 American lives, provided American forces with a base of operations that assured the recapture of the Philippines.

Staff Sgt. Carl M. Shaffer was born on Feb. 21, 1921, in Pottstown to Herbert Donald Shaffer and Katherine K. Shaffer. He is believed to be a 1940 graduate of Pottstown High School. He had worked at Bethlehem Steel and had joined the army on Aug. 2, 1942. According to a Feb. 4, 1943 notice in The Mercury announcing his graduation fro radio school, Shaffer's parents lived at 328 N. Charlotte St. An April 15, 1943 announcement in The Mercury indicated that Shaffer, then at Fort Dix, had secured a marriage license with Helen E. Fox of 769 N. Charlotte St.

Two days after "Operation Flintlock" and 14 days after his plane crashed, Shaffer's death was announced on the front page of the Feb. 4, 1944 edition of The Mercury, along with the U.S. attack on the Marshall Islands targets which Shaffer and his crew had been ordered to bomb. On Jan. 31, ten days after Shaffer died, she received three letters from him, dated Jan. 15, 16 and 17,

Of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II, more than 400,000 died during the war. Currently there are 72,738 service members (approximately 26,000 are assessed as being possibly-recoverable) still unaccounted for from World War II.

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PostPosted: Tue May 07, 2019 3:32 pm 
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