Black Jack's Last Mission

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Charles H. Shaver

Lieutenant Charles H. Shaver, O-797085 was from Lee, Massachusetts. He enlisted in the US Army on April 8, 1942 at Springfield, Massachusetts.

He joined the 63rd Squadron as a replacement.

After the ditching of "Black Jack" Shaver was awarded the Air Medal.

Shaver and Herman J. Dias were transfered to the 380th Bombardment Group, 529th Bombardment Squadron, where they joined Lt Harold Van Wormer's crew.

On January 19, 1944, their B-24J "Paper Doll" 42-73187 was shot down by fighters "120 miles south of Ambon". Shaver and six others survived as prisoners of the Japanese and were liberated from a Tokyo POW Camp at the end of the war.

He died on March 8, 1997 in Midlothian, Virginia.


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