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Robert A Shaw


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Robert A Shaw

Wife: Bette Robert A. Shaw

Reported to Douglas on Dec. 17, 1941. He took his training and passed, although he mentioned he had trouble with pylon eights.

He wrote that when he arrived, Douglas was still under construction and, at that time of year, the place was muddy. They were issued fleece-lined leather flying gear, which was at times much needed in that open-cockpit Stearman.

His log book was signed by J. W. Bailey, Dispatcher, and Watson Coffee, Chief Dispatcher. His instructors were W. J. Duke and T. Roman. He believes W. J. Duke gave up on him when he hadn't soloed after 10 hours of dual, and so he was transferred to T. Roman.

After Douglas, he then reported to Shaw Field, Sumter, SC on Feb. 24, 1942 for Basic, and to Spence Field, Moultrie, GA for advanced flight. On July 3, 1942, he was rated "Pilot". The next day he was assigned as Flight Commander/Instructor 442 School Sqdn, Spence Field. He conducted gunnery training multiple times throughout his military career and qualified as "Sharpshooter" with pistol on Feb. 2, 1944. On Sept. 14, 1943, he was assigned to the 665th Pilot Training Sq. (4E) and designated Pilot Instructor. On Jan. 17, 1944, he was promoted to Capt. AUS(AC). In May of 1944, he was appointed to the field board to check instrument proficiency of all pilots, and in December he was appointed Asst. Dir. of Instrument Training. On June 21, 1945 he was appointed Ops. Officer Sect. B-4. On Jan. 17, 1946, he was relieved from active duty and promoted to Major ORC. He remained active on reserve unit flying out of Stewart Field, NY until 1949. In 1950, he was promoted to Lt. Col. and was still active in the local reserve unit, Albany, NY. In July 1961, he was promoted to Colonel.

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