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Conflict Period:
World War II 1
Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Birth:
23 Oct 1915 1
Illinois 1
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Person:
Floyd J. Shaw 1
Hometown: Moleswoth, England 1
Birth:
23 Oct 1915 1
Illinois 1
Male 1
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World War II 1

Branch:
Air Force 1
Rank:
Sergeant 1
Service Start Date:
1942 1
Service End Date:
1942 1
Casualty Cause:
Hostile, Died while Missing 1
Casualty Date:
12 Dec 1942 1
Casualty Place:
France 1
Casualty Reason:
Air Loss, Crash - Land 1

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The aircraft in which Sergeat Shaw flew was B-17F # 41-24582, nicknamed "One O'Clock Jump," assigned to the 358th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 16031 was issued, and identifies the crew as:

Cpt William N. Frost      p
2 Lt Robert L. Mays     c-p
2 Lt Joe R. Phillips      nav
2 Lt Leon W. Brownlee    bomb
TSgt Kenneth G. Hildebrand      eng/tt gun
Sgt  Joseph E. Powers      r/o
Sgt Floyd J. Shaw      btg
Sgt William S. Devine    lwg
Sgt Billie K. Davis     rwg
Sgt James R. Toney, Jr    tail gun

Sergeants Shaw and Davis were KIA; Captain Frost, Lt Phillips, Lt Brownlee, and Sergeant Devine were captured; while Lt Mays, Sergeants Hildebrand, Powers, and Toney all evaded and eventually returned to England.

There is a discrepancy in Captain Frost's personal report, as he states that Sergeants Shaw and Davis were killed in the plane and Sergeant Toney, trapped in the tail turret, rode the aircraft down and survived the crash. Yet, the report indicates that observers saw 9 parachutes as the plane went down. It would appear that only 7 men left the aircraft.

In the crew photo, Sergeant Shaw is in the front row, second from left.

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