Thursday, February 21, 2008

Wg Cdr Edward John 'Jimpy' Shaw AFC

He joined the RAF in 1944 with Edinburgh University Air Squadron. Between 1945 and 1946 he trained as a pilot with 19 Flying Training School Cranwell. After Operational Conversion Unit training on Spitfire Mk 16 he joined No 16 Squadron at RAF Fassberg as Fighter Ground Attack pilot on Tempest 2.

He moved to Gutersloh in 1948 and Squadron converted to Vampire 5. He became a pilot attack instructor after training on Spitfire 16 at RAF Leconfield. Between 1950 and 1952 he was a pilot on Air Fighting Development Squadron at Central Fighter Establishment at RAF Raynham flying the Vampire, Meteor, Venom and F-86A Sabre. In 1953 he was on the Empire Test Pilots School course.
Between 1954 and 1957 he was a test pilot on Instrumental and Photographic flight and on Armament Flight at Royal Aircraft Establishment Farnborough. The main aircraft flown included the firefly, Vampire, Meteor, Hunter, Canberra, Valetta, Lancaster, Lincoln, Valiant Sperrin and Ashton.
Between 1957 and 1959 he was Staff Officer at Directorate of Flight Safety.
Between 1959 and 1962 he was Flight Commander No 1 Guided Weapons Trial Squadron at RAF Valley conducting Service trials on the javelin/ Firestreak weapons system.
1962 he was OC on Fighter Commmand Missile Practice Camp at RAF Valley. Between 1963 and 1965 he was Staff Officer on operational requirements at HQ Fighter Command RAF Bentley Priory. He retired from the RAF 1990-91 and became air trials coordinating officer at RAF Farnborough.