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The Airmen's Stories - P/O R H Shaw


Robert Henry Shaw was born at Astley Bridge, Bolton on 28th July 1916, he joined the RAFVR on 1st October 1937 as an Airman u/t Pilot. He reported for full-time service at the Manchester Transit Centre on 2nd September 1939.

Shaw was posted to 5 FTS, Sealand on the 9th. He was commissioned and posted to 11 Group Pool at St. Athan on 1st February 1940. After he had converted to Hurricanes, Shaw joined No. 1 Squadron in France on 11th March. The squadron was withdrawn from Nantes to Tangmere on 18th June.



After being attacked by a British fighter over the Sussex coast on 1st August Shaw made a forced-landing back at Tangmere with damaged aileron controls.

He failed to return from a patrol on 3rd September 1940 in Hurricane P3782. The aircraft crashed at Parkhouse Farm, Chart Sutton.

Shaw was reported 'Missing' and commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial, Panel 10.

Excavation of the site in 1987 revealed engine plates confirming that P3782 had impacted there. No human remains were found but the site is now marked by a memorial garden where an annual memorial service is held.

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