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James Vernon Shaw

Military

Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 41-24573. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

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Service

People

  • Carroll McCauley

    Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 305th Bomb Group Can Do
    Shot down 19 May 1943 in B-17 # 4124573. Plane crashed into North Sea. Killed in Action (KIA).

Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-24573 The Baby

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    364BS/305BG [WF-S/N] Bangor 19/10/42; Grafton Underwood 29/10/42; Missing in Action Kiel 19/5/43 with Carroll MacCauley, Co-pilot: Adrian Lyon, Radio Operator: Jim Shaw, Ball turret gunner: Elsa Spiva, Waist gunner: John Lukacovic, Waist gunner: Alex...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 59

    19 May 1943
    The German naval bases at Kiel and Flensburg, Germany are the two primary targets for this mission. A force of 123 B-17s is despatched from: 91BG (19); 92BG (10); 303BG (27); 305BG (22); 306BG (24) and 351BG (21) to bomb the naval facilities at Kiel,...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Emmet County, Iowa 30 September 1920
Enlisted Fort Snelling, MN 55417, USA 10 January 1942
Killed In Action North Sea SW of Husum, Germany 19 May 1943

A/C ditched in the North Sea

Sgt. Vernon Shaw Missing
Radio Operator on "Fortress"; Base in Britain
Official Telegram Received by Parents
Tech. Sgt. Vernon Shaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Shaw of Estherville, was officially reported as missing in action in a telegram received today by the Shaws for the adjutant general.
The telegram said: "Regret to inform you that the commanding general of the European area reports your son, Technical Sergeant James V. Shaw missing in action since May 19. If further details or information of his status are received you will be promptly notified."
Left U.S. March 16
Shaw left the United States March 16, and went to South America. From there he was sent to Africa and his parents heard from him while he was there. He later was stationed in England and it is believed that he has been on missions operating from England. The last letter Mr. and Mrs. Shaw received from their son was dated May 9 and was received from them May 16.
Sergeant Shaw, a radio operator on a Flying Fortress, took training at Scott Field, Ill., in air corps radio work. He also was stationed at Sheppard Field, Tex., Rapid City, S.D., Pocatello, Idaho, Casper, Wyo., and Salina, Kans.
2 Brothers in Service
Before leaving this country Shaw was home on leave to visit his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Shaw have two other sons in service, Pfc. Lyle Shaw at Lincoln, Neb., and Candidate Clarence Shaw who is located at Fort Benning, Ga. Clarence Shaw is expected to visit next week in Estherville. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, May 27, 1943)
Vernon Shaw is Reported Killed May 19
His Parents Receive Official Telegram
Technical Sergeant Vernon Shaw, son of Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Shaw, was killed in action May 19, according to a telegram received today by the Shaws from the war department.
Sergeant Shaw was reported missing in action May 27, and the Shaws have had no word concerning their son until the receipt of the telegram this morning.
Telegram Received
The telegram said:
"Report received from the German government through the international Red Cross that your son, Technical Sergeant James V. Shaw, who was previously reported missing since May 19, was killed in action May 19 in the European area. The secretary of war extends his deep sympathy. Letter follows."
The communication was signed by the adjutant general.
Sergeant Shaw, a radio operator on a flying fortress, took training at Scott Field, Ill., and also was stationed at Sheppard Field, Texas; Rapid City, S.D.; Pocatello, Idaho; Casper, Wyo.; and Salina, Kans.
In Africa, England.
Sergeant Shaw entered the army in January, 1941, and was sent to South America, March 16. From there he went to Africa and later was transferred to England. It is believed that he had been on bombing missions, operating out of England.
The last letter the Shaws had from their son was written May 9 and was received by them, May 16.
Mr. and Mrs. Shaw have two other sons in service, Pfc. Lyle Shaw and Lieut. Clarence Shaw. (Estherville Daily News, Estherville, IA, August 10, 1943)
Parents Learn of Death of Vernon Shaw
Lost in Action May 19
Sgt. Shaw Was Radio Operator On Flying Fortress; Was Last Reported As Stationed in England
Mr. and Mrs. C.E. Shaw received official word Tuesday from the government telling him of the death of their son, Technical Sgt. Vernon Shaw. He was killed in action May 19. He was previously reported as missing.
This is the first word the Shaws have had concerning their son since he was reported missing May 19. He was stationed in England at the time of his death and had been in England since the latter part of March. He had been on bombing missions operating out of England.
Sgt. Shaw was a radio operator on a flying fortress. He received his training at Scott Field, Ill. in the air corps radio school. He was also stationed at Sheppard Field, Texas; Rapid City, South Dakota; Pocatello, Idaho; Casper, Wyoming and Salina, Kansas.
He left the United States March 6 and was sent to South America. From South America he went to Africa and was later stationed in England. Sgt. Shaw entered the armed services in January 1941.
The last letter received by the Shaws was dated May 9.
Sgt. Shaw was home on furlough the first part of February. He is survived by four brothers, Pfc. Lyle Shaw, Lieut. Clarence Shaw, and Everett and Joseph at home, and a sister, Mrs. Larson of Fort Dodge and his parents. (Vindicator and Republican, Estherville, IA, August 12, 1943)
Organizations Will Meet To Go To Service
Patriotic Groups To Join In Honoring War Hero
Several patriotic organizations of the city will meet tomorrow afternoon to attend memorial services for Technical Sergeant James Vernon Shaw which are being held in the Estherville Lutheran church.

Buried Estherville, IA 51334, USA 1948

Estherville Lutheran Cemetery
Estherville
Emmet County
Iowa, USA

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
06 June 2016 02:20:09 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=shaw&GSfn=james&GS...

http://www.ww2enlistment.org/index.php?page=directory&rec=1351248

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:14:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor

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