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May 25, 2013

A long-ago war, a missing plane and an enduring mystery

Maj. Derrell Jeffords, of Florence, SC, bounced his roaring Spooky 21 down and off the runway at Da Nang Air Base in Vietnam. It was just before 7:30 a.m., on Christmas Eve 1965. The big camouflaged belly of his twin-prop AC-47 was easily visible against a blue sky as he banked west. The cargo plane-turned-gunship was on its way to Laos; its mission was top secret.

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