Kenneth David Shaver, Sr., Oral History Interview

September 11, 1992
Oral History #OH0136
Lennon, Donald R.; Shaver, Kenneth David
Physical description
0.01 Cubic Feet, 2 audiotapes, 2 hours, 50 pages
Preferred Citation
Kenneth David Shaver, Sr., Oral History Interview (#OH0136), East Carolina Manuscript Collection, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
ECU Manuscript Collection
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Scope and arrangement

Mr. Shaver, a native of Rowan County, N.C., recounts his experiences during World War II. He describes his enlistment in the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1942, and training at various U.S. bases before being assigned to a base in England where he served as flight engineer on a B-17 (the "Pistol Packin Mama"), that made bombing raids over Germany. He details how his plane was shot down over Holland (Nov. 5, 1943) during his third mission and his capture and escape from German troops. The remainder of the interview is occupied with his flight through Holland, Belgium, and France with the aid of underground elements in those occupied countries. He also relates his eventual crossing of the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain and his return to the U.S. where he had been officially declared dead.

Administrative information
Source of acquisition

Gift of Kenneth David Shaver, Sr.

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Key terms
Personal Names
Shaver, Kenneth David
Corporate Names
United States. Army. Air Corps
Flight engineers--Interviews
Prisoners of war--Germany
Prisoners of war--United States
World War, 1939-1945--Aerial operations