Flight Officer William C. Shinn, 20, son of Mr. And Mrs. Thomas E. Shinn 220 Center street was one of ten men killed in a crash May 19, 1944 of a four engine bomber. He was a bombardier in the U.S. Army Air Corps.
The accident occurred at New Underwood, 20 miles west of Rapid City, S.D., and the death list was announced by the commanding officer of the Rapid City Air Field, where the bomber was based.
Flight Officer Shinn was born in Ashland Feb. 29, 1924 and had been a resident of this city all his life.
He graduated from Ashland High School in 1942 and finished his freshman year at Washington and Lee University.
He enlisted November 4, 1942 and entered service Feb. 2, 1943 at Roanoke, Va., as an aviation cadet. He graduated from Gunnery School at Las Vegas, Nev., Oct. 30, 1943 and graduated as a bombardier at Victorville, Calif.