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Shows Waldo W.

Name:
Waldo W. Shows
Rank:
Staff Sergeant
Serial Number:
34139092
Unit:
450th Bomber Squadron, 322nd Bomb Group, Medium
Date of Death:
0000-00-00
State:
Mississippi
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Grave:
Decoration:
Air Medal, Distinguished Flying Cross
Comments:

SSgt Waldo W. Shows, radio operator of the B-26 Marauder 41-31968 “Hearse for Six”, took off from station 485 Andrews Field, Essex, UK on a bombing mission over Le Havre’s gun emplacements. The mission was successful, but on the return flight they got lost in the fog, ending up back over land. They fired a flare as they thought they were over England, but the plane was hit by flak and evacuated at 6000 feet at 0920. Shows landed safely and hid from German patrols in various ditches and hedges until a French family gave him clothes, food, and shelter in their barn. Shows stayed until June 24th, waiting for the invasion troops. The Germans evacuated the town then and Shows stayed with a Resistance member in the woods, who guided him and a few others until they found some MPs. Shows’ civilian clothes proved to be a nuisance, but his dog tags got him to the G2 officer and back to England on June 27th 1944 according to E&E report #795.