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Archive Report: US Forces
1941 - 1945

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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

Serial: 44-11686

Code: IV-N

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.

Burial details:

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.

Acknowledgments: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives and Fred Paradie - Paradie Archive (both on this site), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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