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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