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13.01.1945 369th Fighter squadron, 359th Fighter Group Mustang P51K 44-11686 IV-N Capt. Shearer
Operation: Marshalling yards and Rhine rail bridges Germany
Date: 13th January 1945 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 369th Fighter squadron 359th Fighter Group
Type: Mustang P51K
Base: East Wretham
Location: crashed near Ashill airbase, near Watton in Norfolk England
Pilot: Capt. Karl K. Shearer O-693417 USAAF Age 23. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Crashed and was KIA after taking-off into low lying, ice-laden cloud. No further details, we invite others to contribute to this loss page.
Capt. Karl K. Shearer. Cambridge American Cemetery and Memorial England. Plot C. Row 2. Grave 28. Born on the 23rd June 1921. Entered service from Ohio. He served in the 453rd Bomb Group completing his tour and then volunteered to serve another tour in fighters the 369th Fighter Squadron of the 359th Fighter Group in P-51 Mustangs. No further details - are you able to assist?
Researched Michel Beckers for Aircrew Remembered October 2016. With thanks to James Godfrey, Howard McLean for various photographs. Others from the collection of Michel Beckers.