Vincent A. Kieffer

SHINE, JOHN DAVID, Master Sergeant, # 17006750, USAAF


John D. Shine was born on 6 March 1916 in St. Louis, Missouri, to James Andrew Shine (1864-1931) and Anastasia (Walsh) Shine (1870-1952).  Siblings included William Edward Shine (1892-1975), Mary “May” Anastaia (Shine) Mattli (1895-1984), Eleanor Cecilia (Shine) Reinhold (1897-1980), James Andrew Shine Jr. (1899-1935), Catherine Shine (1901-1901), Gertrude (Shine) [Private] nee Meyer (1902-1986), Anastasia Louisa Shine (1903-1904), Corrine F. Shine (1905-1914), Louise Mary (Shine) Julius (1907-1999), Loretta Adell “Dell” Shine (1912-2007). He graduated from Christian Brothers’ College High School, St. Louis, Missouri. He was married to Mary C. (Biggins) Shine (1916-2010), 4935 Northland Place, St. Louis, Missouri.


He enlisted in the USAAF in Jefferson Barracks, Missouri, on 24 July 1940. He was trained in the maintenance, repair, and operation of the radio equipment on USAAF transport. On 19 September 1944, a C-47A, # 43-15861, assigned to 10th Air Force, 1st Combat Cargo Group, 3rd Combat Cargo Squadron, departed the airfield at Peishiyi, China, on a secret mission to Imphal airfield, India, flying over “the Hump” of the Himalayan Mountains between Burma and China. MSgt. Shine was assigned to the 60th Troop Carrier Squadron on detached duty (according to note on Marker Application). The MACR shows departure from Tulihal, India, to Chungking, China (this is probably correct, but the crash location may be correct from the cited database). It was speculated it crashed due to bad weather. It crashed near Dongchuan, Yunnan, China. It was designated a battle casualty loss. There was no reference in the available files as to the fifty Chinese soldiers. After recovery from the crash site and temporary burial at a USAAF airfield, his remains were buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Hawaii, on 20 June 1949 (Sec. Q, Grave 741). He was awarded the Purple Heart and other decorations.


His brother, James A. Shine, Jr., born 6 December 1899, served during WW I. He enlisted in the U.S. Army on 14 April 1917 and was honorably discharged 26 August 1919. His rank at discharge was Corporal (# 126271). He was assigned to the 1st Dvision, 6th Field Artillery Regiment, Battery E. He died on 30 May 1935 and is buried in the Calvary Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri. Battery E was involved in these campaigns: Montdidier-Noyon; Aisne-Marne; St. Mihiel; Meuse-Argonne Lorraine 1918; Picardy 1918. America’s Expeditionary force was arriving dring late 1917 through early 1918. The allies (French & British forces) suffered many casualties and 50,000 captured by the Germans during the Aisne-Marne defensive. The offensive, first attack of the U.S. First Army, during 12-16 September 1918, was the battle of Saint Mihiel under General John J. “Jack” Pershing. The Mousse-Argonne offensive was a major part of the allied offensive in WW I (from 26 September through the armistice of 11 November 1918. Mustard gas was dropped on several allied positions by the Germans.