Skip to main content
Edit entry 

Anel Baldwin Shay Jr

Military

***** IDENTIFIED *****
PRESS RELEASE | July 1, 2021
Airman Accounted For From World War II (Shay, A.)
WASHINGTON – The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency (DPAA) announced today that U.S. Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. Anel B. Shay, Jr., 26, killed during World War II, was accounted for June 28, 2021.

In the summer of 1943, Shay was assigned to the 345th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), 98th Bombardment Group (Heavy), 9th Air Force. On Aug. 1, 1943, the B-24 Liberator aircraft on which Shay was serving as a bombardier crashed as a result of enemy anti-aircraft fire during Operation TIDAL WAVE, the largest bombing mission against the oil fields and refineries at Ploiesti, north of Bucharest, Romania. His remains were not identified following the war. The remains that could not be identified were buried as Unknowns in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania.

For additional information on the Defense Department's mission to account for Americans who went missing while serving our country, visit the DPAA website at www.dpaa.mil or find us on social media at www.facebook.com/dodpaa or https://www.linkedin.com/company/defense-pow-mia-accounting-agency.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Bombardier of B-24 41-24246 'Semper Felix' exploded having released its bombs over target as a result of ground fire on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid. Pilot Lt. August W Sulflow. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 225.

Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • August Sulflow

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 98th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF. Pilot of B-24 41-24246 'Semper Felix' exploded having released its bombs over target as a result of ground fire on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 225 Awards: DFC, AM, PH.

Show more

Units served with

  • 98th Bomb Group

    98th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 98th trained for bombardment missions with B-24 Liberators during the first half of 1942. ...

  • 345th Bomb Squadron

    345th Bomb Squadron

    Squadron
    Established as a B-24 Liberator heavy bomb squadron and trained by Third Air Force. Deployed to Egypt in June 1942 over South Atlantic Transport Route transiting from Morrison Field, Florida though the Caribbean to Brazil; performed trans-Atlantic...

Aircraft

  • 41-24246 'Semper felix'

    B-24 Liberator
    B-24 Liberator 41-24246 'Semper Felix' exploded having released its bombs over target as a result of ground fire on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid. Pilot Lt. August W. Sulflow. 9 KIA 1 POW. MACR 225.

Missions

  • Operation Tidal Wave

    1 August 1943
    Operation TIDAL WAVE. B-24D Liberators attack the oil refineries at Ploesti, Romania. The bombers flew low to avoid radar detection and dropped time delayed bombs. Out of the 177 B-24s that took part in the raid 167 managed to attack their targets. 57...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Aberdeen, WA 12 November 1916

Son of Anel B Sr and Lucy Helen [Dail] Shay.

Enlisted Seattle, WA 27 March 1942

Seattle, Washington

Based Benina 1943 – 1 August 1943

Assigned to 345BS, 98BG, 9AF USAAF.

Died Ploiești, Romania 1 August 1943

Bombardier of B-24 41-24246 'Semper Felix' exploded having released its bombs over target as a result of ground fire on 1st Aug 43 Ploesti oil refinery raid. Pilot Lt. August W Sulflow. 9 KIA 1 POW. MACR 225.

Buried 1946

Tablets of the Missing
Florence American Cemetery and Memorial
Florence, Italy.

Remains Id'd Bolovan, Ploiesti, Romania 28 June 2021

His remains were not identified following the war. The remains that could not be identified were buried as 'Unknowns' in the Hero Section of the Civilian and Military Cemetery of Bolovan, Ploiesti, Prahova, Romania.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
19 March 2022 23:17:17 decwriter Changes to awards
Sources

Added to awards.

Date Contributor Update
20 December 2021 11:08:03 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56366559/anel-b.-shay

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2021 19:57:58 usafdo Changes to biography and events
Sources

A.L.D. II

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2021 19:55:28 usafdo Changes to media associations
Sources

A.L.D. II

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2021 18:51:18 Al_Skiff Changes to events
Sources

https://www.dpaa.mil/News-Stories/Recent-News-Stories/Article/2679774/ai...

Date Contributor Update
03 July 2021 18:44:55 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, suffix, service number, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/29418733
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763534
https://www.fold3.com/image/597315496
https://www.fold3.com/record/84987863/anel-b-shay-jr-wwii-army-enlistmen...
https://www.fold3.com/record/529869437/anel-b-shay-jr-american-battle-mo...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56366559/anel-b.-shay

Date Contributor Update
28 March 2015 16:15:37 Al_Skiff Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, aircraft associations and mission associations
Sources

http://www.findagrave.com

Share