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Merrill's Marauders

Capt. WILLIAM A. LAFFIN
= K.I.A. - Myitkyina, Burma
May 18, 1944

Capt. Laffin's mother was Japanese, and he led the Marauders MIS group. Capt. Laffin was an executive for the Ford Motor Company working in Japan when the war broke out, and was among those repatriated on the Sweedish liner Gripsolm when America and Japan exchanged nationals shortly after the war started. He was also the Marauders intelligence officer (S-2). Capt Laffin was Killed In Action (Myityina, Burma. May 17,1944) while flying over Myitkyina in a L-1 examining the Japanese defenses when a flight of Japanese Zeros put in one of their occasional appearances and shot down his plane.