He registered for the WWII draft on 16 October 1940, employed by South Shore Buick Inc., resided at 9530 Claremont Ave., Chicago, IL, and described himself as 5’9”, 165 lbs, with brown hair and blue eyes. He noted that he writes left handed. He enlisted in the USAAF as an aviation cadet in Chicago, Illinois, on 28 January 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the Grumman F-6 Hellcat. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 14 April 1945 a Grumman F-6-KS Hellcat (photo reconnaissance variant), “Connie,” # 44-11919, assigned to 14th Air Force, 5th Fighter Group, 17th Fighter Squadron, Chihkiang, China, departed the airfield on a mission to bomb and strafe targets at Nanchang, China. The pilot was Capt. (then 1stLt) John O. Spangler, # 0-665239. His fighter crashed just east, across some railroad tracks, from Nanchang. He was killed in action, his grave located north of Lientang, China (28° 31’ North & 115° 54’ East). The last to see him was 1stLt William C. Thomas (survivor), 0-813256. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Chapel Hill Gardens South Cemetery, Oak Lawn, Cook Co., Illinois.

44-12740         MACR 14884

 

On 10 August 1945 a P-51D-20, # 44-12740, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 16th Fighter Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Mohanbari, India, on a flight to ferry four P-51s through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to the assigned airfield in Kunming. The pilot was 1stLt C. W. Shive, # 0-816833, born 24 September 1918. They encountered a lower overcast than expected and three climbed. 1stLt Shive did not climb. This took place near Ledo, India, over the Hukong Valley.

 

SHIVE, CHARLES W., First Lieutenant, # 0-816833, USAAF

 

Charles W. Shive (Fortney) was born on 24 September 1918 in Lincoln Co., Colorado, to Alvaro F. Fortney (1873-1941) and Charity Annabelle (Harbert) Forney (1888-1919) and he was adopted by Edward Ervin Shive (1882-1970) (KS) and Mabel M. (Scorby) Shive (1883-1942) (IL) (married 15 August 1907, Sedgwick, KS). Siblings were Henry Joseph Shive (1902-1975) (IL), Lawrence Thomas Shive (1904-1974) (IL), and Pansy Marie Shive (1919-    ). Living with them in 1920 was a paternal uncle, William Shive (1880-    ) (KS).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF on 11 February 1942. After enlisting in the USAAF, he completed flight instruction through advanced school and was assigned to fly the North American P-51 Mustang. He earned his commission and pilot wings. On 10 August 1945 a P-51D-20, # 44-12740, assigned to 14th Air Force, 51st Fighter Group, 16th Fighter Squadron, Kunming, China, departed the airfield at Mohanbari, India, on a flight to ferry four P-51s through the Himalayan mountain range (the Hump) to the assigned airfield in Kunming. They encountered a lower overcast than expected and three climbed. 1stLt Shive did not climb. This took place near Ledo, India, over the Hukong Valley. After recovery, his remains were buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Pueblo, Colorado.