Lanphier, Charles Cobb, 1stLt

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Last Rank
First Lieutenant
Last Primary MOS
9903-General Officer
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Primary Unit
1943-1944, Prisoner of War
Service Years
1941 - 1944

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Detroit, Michigan
Last Address
Omaha, Nebraska

Casualty Date
May 15, 1944
Hostile, Died while Captured
Illness, Disease
Papua New Guinea
World War II
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot: Section 11 , Site: 789

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Rifle Expert (Pre 1959)USMC Basic Qualification Badge

 Unit Assignments
VMF-214Prisoner of War
  1941-1943, 7302, VMF-214
  1943-1944, Prisoner of War
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1941-1941 World War II/American Theater
  1943-1943 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (1943-44)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Charles C. Lanphier was born in Omaha, Nebraska then moved to Detroit, Michigan. Son of WWI veteran Lt. Col. Thomas G. Lanphier and brother of Thomas G. Lanphier, Jr. who participated in the famous Yamamoto mission and claimed credit for shooting down G4M1 Betty 2656 with Admiral Yamamoto aboard.

On the evening of April 18, 1943, brother Thomas G. Lanphier, Jr. visited the VMF-214 camp at Fighter 1 Airfield and told his brother and other pilots about the Yamamoto mission, making him aware of the mission.

On August 4, 1943, VMF-214 F4U Corsairs led by Burnett and Synar participated in a multi-service mission fighter sweep over the Central Solomons. During the air combat, Charlies Lanphier claimed one victory.

a confusing air combat marked by mistaken identity of RNZAF P-40s for Ki-61 Tonys pilots from VMF-214 claimed three kills including one claimed by Charlies Lanphier.

Aircraft History
Built by Vought. Assigned to the United States Marine Corps (USMC). Assigned to squadron VMF-214 "Swashbucklers" operating Fighter 1 Airfield on Guadalcanal. No known nickname or nose art.

Mission History
On August 28, 1943 took off from Fighter 1 Airfield on Guadalcanal on a strafing mission against Kahili Airfield (Buin) on southern Bougainville. En route to the target, the formation experienced bad weather and became separated with only F4U piloted by Lt. Alvin J. Jensen strafing the target and claiming 24 aircraft burned, Japanese records indicate only five were burned.

En route to the target, this Corsair became lost and was never seen again. When this aircraft failed to return, it was declared Missing In Action (MIA).

Fate of the Pilot
In fact, Lanphier bailed out over southern Bougainville and landed unhurt. Later, he was captured by the Japanese and became a Prisoner Of War (POW). He was transported to Rabaul and imprisoned in the Rabaul POW Camp in early September 1944. On May 15, 1944 he died in captivity of disease and neglect in captivity.

Recovery of Remains
Postwar, Lanphier's remains were exhumed and transported to the United States for permanent burial.

Lanphier was officially declared dead on May 15, 1944. Lanphier was permanently buried at Arlington National Cemetery at section 11 at site 789.
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