Capt Charles M. Shaw

Capt Charles M. Shaw

Birth
Liberty, Amite County, Mississippi, USA
Death 11 Dec 1943 (aged 22–23)
Emden, Stadtkreis Emden, Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany
Burial Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium
Plot Plot A Row 41 Grave 50
Memorial ID 56360836 · View Source
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Pilot? Capt. Charles M. Shaw KIA DFC
Hometown: Liberty,Mississippi
Squadron: 67th BS 44th Bomb Group
Service # O-661667
Awards: Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster,Air Medal, Purple Heart

Target: Emden Industrial area
Missing Air Crew Report Details
USAAF MACR#:
Date Lost: 11-Dec-43
Serial Number: 41-24232 was flown by a different crew on operation tidal wave the low level raid on Ploesti oil refinery.
Aircraft Model B-24
Aircraft Letter: M-Bar
Aircraft Name: CALABAN
Location: Over target
Cause: 9 KIA 1POW
Notes:
This target was vital to traffic, both a boat and rail center. Fierce enemy fighter attacks were made by forty to seventy ships despite the very fine fighter support that we had. One 67th Squadron plane did not return.

The 44th BG records show that O’Neill, his co-pilot Worth, and bombardier Shaw were officially reported as POW; then later changed to KIA. Nothing has been found to explain this. Again, the 67th Squadron lost an airplane and crew, but not through the efforts of the Germans. Lt. Richard F. O’Neill was the pilot of CALABAN (this ship was a veteran of Ploesti) who was noted for his violent evasive actions on bomb runs. It was this excessive action which contributed to his downfall. O’Neill was seen to swing over and behind aircraft #42-72878 and slightly to the right, just at ‘bombs away’. Lt. O’Neill’s bombardier dropped his bombs on the swing. But just then the bombs from a plane above them struck the right wing, breaking it off at #4 engine. Bombs also hit the tail assembly as well, knocking it completely off. The ship went into a spin, caught fire, but no chutes were observed. Lt. George W. Carvour saw the plane crash on land near the Emden estuary – his interest being especially high as he had been the regular bombardier for the O’Neill crew! Though no chutes were seen, one man did survive.
Note: Mrs. McAdams said that her husband, who is now deceased, reported he may have seen at least one other parachute. Sgt. McAdams, a veteran of Ploesti, was interned in Turkey for a short period. He was the only man to survive from this crew.

CALABAN Crew
1st/Lt. Richard F. O'Neill POW/KIA Pilot
1st/Lt. Woodrow N. Worth Co Pilot POW/KIA
1st/Lt. George G. Grimes Navigator KIA
Charles M. Shaw Bombardier POW/KIA
S/Sgt. Robert C. McAdams Engineer POW
T/Sgt. Daniel Kennon Radio Op. KIA
S/Sgt. Norbert G. Allen KIA
S/Sgt. Paul A. Hagmann Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Julian V. Lester Gunner KIA
S/Sgt. Boyd Boggess Jr. Gunner KIA


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  • Maintained by: John Dowdy
  • Originally Created by: CWGC/ABMC
  • Added: 7 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56360836
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Charles M. Shaw (1920–11 Dec 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56360836, citing Ardennes American Cemetery and Memorial, Neuville-en-Condroz, Arrondissement de Liège, Liège, Belgium ; Maintained by John Dowdy (contributor 47791572) .