Howard Alexander Shaw
S/Sgt 33253277 614th
1920 - 1943
Engr / Top Turret onboard 42-31098 (Penny's Thunderhead)
Margraten cemetery, Netherlands
Plot : B , Row : 4 , Grave : 4.
Howard was born Oct 4, 1920, West Decatur, Pennsylvania.
After 4 years of Highschool and being employed by the Woolridge Coal Co, Howard enlisted the air corps
on Sept 17, 1942
In 1943 he arrived in England to join the 401st BG and he flew 3 missions
The last mission on 11 December 1943, Target: Emden, the plane was hit by flak and Howard and 7 more
crew members had to bail out over Holland
Unfortunately, he fell in the water and did not reached the shore...
He was found on June 22, 1944 and was buried on June 23, 1944
He was awarded with a Purple Heart Medal
Individual casualty questionaire
Told by 2nd Lt. John Barret , Navigator.
- Did they bailed out ? : Yes.
- Where ? : Northern Holland
- Last contact just prior to loss of plane ? : None
- Where were they last seen ? : All bailing out.
- Any explanations of their fate ? :
When I went out I saw land below and also five chutes open, which I assume to be , Shaw - Cope
Masterman -Nielsen - Bargfrede, because I know Carlson an Robinson went out 5 minutes later
( Carlson told me later ).
I delayed my jump from around 20.000 Ft to around 1000 Ft.
I landed in water a couple hundred yards from mainland ( Holland ).
I fell that those men who opened chutes at altitude drifted out to sea and drowned.
Carlson and Robinson went out later over water and Carlson fortunately was rescued by Germans.
I believe Robinson also drowned.
- Total number of missions of above crew members ? : 3.
- Date and destinations if possible ? : Nov 26, 1943 Bremen
Dec 1, 1943 Solingen
Dec 11, 1943 Emden
Captain Kaufman's first crew.
Back Row: L-R Capt. Kaufman , Lt. F. B. Robinson , Lt. R. C. Fitzgerald , Lt. J. A. Barrett
Front Row: Sgt. F. R. Cope , Sgt. HOWARD ALEXANDER SHAW , Sgt. D. H. Carlson , Sgt. T. R. Nielson , Sgt. H. L. Bargfrede , Sgt.E. W. Masterman
Photo Courtesy of Rick Kaufman.
The Clearfield Progress, Clearfield, PA.
JUNE 10 1943 OCTOBER 6, 1943 AUGUST 27, 1994
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