Skip to main content
Edit entry 

William J Shade


Shot down 13 April 1944 in B-17 #42-37816 'Big Stupe'. Prisoner of War (POW).



Units served with

  • 384th Bomb Group

    384th Bomb Group

    The 384th Bomb Group flew B-17s from Grafton Underwood, Northamptonshire, between May 1943 and June 1945. They were engaged in daylight bombing missions over Germany as part of the Allies' efforts to destroy the effectiveness of the Luftwaffe by...

  • 545th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-37816 BIG STUPE V

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 10/9/43; Gr Island 27/9/43; Assigned 545BS/384BG [JD-S] Grafton Underwood 18/10/43; Missing in Action Schweinfurt 13/4/44 with Francis (Farris) Heffley, Navigator: Lou Carini, Radio Operator: Bill Shade, Waist gunner: Ralph Gatzman...

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...


Event Location Date
Born Fleetwood, Pennsylvania, USA
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 13 April 1944

Stalag 17B Braunau Gneikendorf Near Krems Austria 48-15


Date Contributor Update
19 February 2020 03:26:42 jmoore43 Changes to service number, biography and events

Added S/N and POW camp information from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" for clarity.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:28:23 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3868 / MACR 3868, / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database