Shaw's Crew


Crew of the "Flak Plow"

Standing (L to R): Wilbur Chapman (NG), Fred Kraft (WG), Leo O'Brian (TG), Phil Machek (ROG).  Front (L TO R): Ed Hoffner (N), Jim Shaw (P), James Martin (B), George Ross (FEG). (reprinted from the O&W N/L Spring 93)

The "Flak Plow" has the dubious distinction of being the first loss of the 834th BS. FLAK damaged 3 engines over the target near Koblenz, and the plane flew on with only #4 operating, and unable to feather #2. Unable to maintain altitude on one engine, they headed for friendly territory. Below, fog blanketed the ground. The crew was uncertain as to how far they would have to fly to get into friendly territory. Finally, out of altitude, and with engines #3 & #4 brought back into action, Jim Shaw put "Flak Plow" down in a potato patch. Spuds and mud flew everywhere and the aircraft came to a stop over a railroad embankment.

Much to the crew's delight they put down at Wetteren, BE. By this time in allied hands! The crew offered to reimburse the farmer for the crop loss, but he graciously refused the offer. Later, girls from a local catholic school came to the aircraft and were offered a tour of the downed bomber. That evening, the crew was hosted by the town's mayor.

This mission brought and exciting end to the combat tour of "Flak Plow!"


CREW INFO
Name Rank Position First Mission Last Mission Status
James A. Shaw LT Pilot 05/07/44   Completed tour.
Charles H. Bassing LT Co-pilot 05/07/44   Completed tour.
Edward A. Hoffner LT Navigator 05/07/44   Completed tour.
James H. Martin LT Bombardier 05/07/44   Completed tour.
George P. Ross ? FE/Top 05/07/44   Completed tour.
Philip C. Machek   Radio Operator/Waist 05/07/44   Completed tour.
Wilbur K. Chapman   Nose 05/07/44   Completed tour.
Orrin R. Barczak   Ball 05/07/44   Completed tour.
Leo M. O'Brien   Tail 05/07/44   Completed tour.
Leo J. Rohde   Crew Chief 05/07/44 ??/??/45  
 
MISSION INFO
Mission Date Name ID S/N Type
073 09/09/44 Flak Plow DK 43-37959 B17G
074 09/10/44 Flak Plow DK 43-37959 B17G
076 09/12/44 Flak Plow DK 43-37959 B17G
077 09/13/44 Flak Plow DK 43-37959 B17G
079 09/19/44 Flak Plow DK 43-37959 B17G
101 11/04/44   NR 43-37952 B17G
102 11/05/44   PN 43-37945 B17G
105 11/10/44 Mr Takoma DR 43-37944 B17G
107 11/21/44 Easy Movement NL 43-38041 B17G
109 11/27/44 Mr. Completely TA 43-39902 B17G
110 11/30/44   NT 43-37899 B17G
112 12/06/44 Batchelor's Delight TR 43-38027 B17G
113 12/10/44 Hock Shop DA 43-37996 B17G
114 12/11/44 Miss B. Havin NN 43-38859 B17G
115 12/12/44 Miss B. Havin NN 43-38859 B17G
116 12/16/44   DJ 43-37963 B17G
118 12/24/44   NT 43-37899 B17G
119 12/26/44   TP 43-37992 B17G
120 12/28/44 Coaltown Express DE 44-6311 B17G
121 12/29/44 Vermont Maid (Cupcake) ND 43-38246 B17G
122 12/30/44 The Blue Fairy (Flippy?) TJ 43-37942 B17G
127 01/05/45   PM 44-8595 B17G
128 01/07/45   DK 43-37945 B17G
130 01/10/45   PT 43-38925 B17G
131 01/13/45   PT 43-38925 B17G
134 01/18/45 The Fertile Turtle PG 43-37943 B17G
140 02/03/45 The Short Arm NA 44-6616 B17G
141 02/06/45   TG 4x-xx059 B17G
150 02/23/45   TG 4x-xx059 B17G
151 02/24/45   NG 44-8615 B17G
154 02/27/45   NT 43-37899 B17G
156 03/02/45   TG 4x-xx059 B17G
159 03/07/45 Chief Oshkosh NR 44-8510 B17G
160 03/08/45   NG 44-8615 B17G
162 03/10/45   PR 43-37800 B17G
163 03/11/45   PR 43-37800 B17G
164 03/12/45   TG 4x-xx059 B17G

 
Created 05/16/99 Modified 12/23/16

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