Shaw, Floyd J., Sgt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0611-Aerial Gunner
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1942-1942, M 0611, 358th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
Service Years
1942 - 1942

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Year of Birth
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Moleswoth, England

Casualty Date
Dec 12, 1942
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Elmhurst Cemetery - Joliet, Illinois
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Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
Aerial Gunnery School303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy358th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
  1942-1942, Aerial Gunnery School
  1942-1942, M 0611, 303rd Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, M 0611, 358th Bombardment Squadron, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-17 Flying Fortress  
  1942-1942, B-17 Flying Fortress
 Additional Information

Last Known Activity
Sergeant Floyd J. Shaw was born in Joliet, Illinois on October 23, 1915, the son of Claud St. Clair and Margaret Reed Paton Shaw. His NARA enlistment record states he enlisted at Camp Croft, Illinois on January 21, 1942. It also states he had completed 3 years of high school, and was employed as an aircraft mechanic.

After basic training, he received training as an aerial gunner. Upon completion of this course, he was promoted to Sergeant and assigned to an operational unit for further training. He was deployed to England in October, 1942.

On December 12, 1942, he was flying on his third combat mission. The target was the railway marshalling yards at Renilly-sur-Seine. Twenty aircraft were dispatched, and 2 immediately aborted, with 6 others aborting later in the mission.

The primary mission was clouded over, so the secondary target at Rouen was selected. Three aircraft could not find the target, and only 7 actually bombed. After light flak over the target, the force was engaged by 40 German fighters. Two B-17s were shot down. The one in which Sergeant Shaw was flying went into a flat spin, not burning, but crashed about 25 miles East of Paris.

Sergeant Shaw's body was eventually recovered and returned to the U.S. Today, he lies in the Elmhurst Cemetery in Joliet, Illinois.
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USAAC-USAAF Aircraft Inventory Records


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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