Flying Officer Willian "Bill" John Shaw was born on 22 January 1922 in Meerut, India. He then lived in New Zealand  working as a law clerk in Tauranga. He enlisted in the RNZAF on 2 May 1942 and after training he was posted to UK where he served initially with No. 610 Squadron.

In February 1945 he joined No. 486 Squadron as a Warrant Officer, seeing action during the closing weeks of the war. He was commissioned late in April 1945. On 27 August 1945, flying SA-I (EJ659), he hit a pole while flying at low level and force-landed at Lübeck, suffering serious injuries. He recovered to return to New Zealand. He died on 18 March 1997.













SA-J (NV753) in which Bill Shaw made all his claims.


Shaw's victories in Tempest

Date of Claim Type Claimed Aircraft Serial No Location of Claim Unit Note
14 April 1945 1/2  Fw190 SA-J (NV753) Perelburg 486 Sqn  
16 April 1945 1/2  Fw190 SA-J (NV753) Neustadt airfield 486 Sqn  
26 April 1945 1/2 Bf109 SA-J (NV753)   486 Sqn On ground
2 May 1945 1/2  Fw190 SA-J (NV753) Plon area 486 Sqn  
2 May 1945 1/2  Fi156 SA-J (NV753) S Neumünster 486 Sqn  


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