Shaw, Eric (No. 1074934)

Shaw, Eric

Sergeant (Air Gunner)

No. 1074934, 101 Squadron, Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve

Killed in action on Friday 12 March 1943 (aged 22)

Buried:

Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany                 (Grave 10. B. 10)

Commemorated:

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Sullivan Upper School, Holywood

BIOGRAPHY

Eric Shaw was born on 16 June 1921 and he was a son of John and Margaretta (Margaret) Shaw (nee Scott) of 15 Ardgreenan Gardens, Strandtown, Belfast.  John Shaw was an electrician and he and Margaret Scott were married on 23 August 1920 in Eglinton Street Presbyterian Church, Belfast.

Eric Shaw attended Strandtown Public Elementary School and then Sullivan Upper School, Holywood from September 1934 until June 1937.  During the Second World War Eric Shaw served with the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve in Bomber Command and he died on 12 March 1943.

Sergeant Eric Shaw (No. 1074934) was one of a seven-man crew aboard an Avro Lancaster Mark I aircraft (W4862) that took off from RAF Holme-on-Spalding Moor in Yorkshire on a mission to bomb Essen.  Their aircraft crashed in the target area and all aboard were killed.  On 16 March 1943 they were all buried in Dusseldorf North Cemetery and later exhumed and reinterred in Reichswald Forest War Cemetery.  In addition to Sergeant (Air Gunner) Eric Shaw (aged 22) the other six crew members who died that day were:

  • Flying Officer John Richard Kee (aged 26), Royal Canadian Air Force
  • Sergeant William Hynd (aged 23) from Dunfermline, Fife
  • Sergeant Arthur Dennis Slade (aged 20) from Wareham, Dorsetshire
  • Sergeant Stanley Gordon Smith
  • Sergeant William Edmund Greasley (aged 20) from Wirksworth, Derbyshire
  • Sergeant Ernest Alfred Steed (aged 24) from Bassett, Hampshire

Sergeant (Air Gunner) Eric Shaw (No. 1074934) is commemorated in Sullivan Upper School, Holywood.