Registered at birth WOOLF SCHNUR – his name was anglicised to: WILFRED SHAW.


Born: 25th June 1921, Whitechapel, London.

Died: 26th February 1943; age: 21; aircraft failed to return after operational flight.

Residence: 11, St. John’s Road, Ipswich.


Rank: Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; Service Number: 1190732.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 15 Squadron.


Memorial Reference:

Panel 164.

Runnymede Memorial,

Englefield Green,



Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Nathan & Alice Shaw, of Ipswich.


Father: Naftali Schnur ( Nathan Shaw), born March 1895, Austria. A Draper & Company Director, on the Board of Directors for Ipswich Town Football Club and Proprietor of Suffolk Stadium – Greyhounds.

Alice Shaw (nee Wilmott), born December 1896, Hendon, Middlesex.


Wilfred was educated at Ipswich School.


Probate to Nathan Shaw – father, greyhound track proprietor.


Wilfred is also remembered on the Ipswich School Chapel war memorial.


Wilfred’s father is recorded in the:


THE PALGRAVE DICTIONARY of ANGLO-JEWISH HISTORY edited by W. Rubinstein, Michael A. Jolles and Hilary L. Rubinstein.


SHAW (ne Schnur), NATHAN (c1895 – 1st January 1969), football club director. Brought up in Stepney, he sang in synagogue choirs and at the Royal Opera House, Covent Gardens, became a tailor and a professional boxing promoter, and owned champion racing greyhounds. A prominent member and benefactor of the East London Synagogue, he was a founder-director of the Ipswich Town Football Club in 1936, and in 1955 convinced Alf Ramsey, later England’s manager during 1966 World Cup, to become Ipswich’s Manager. Ipswich rose from the Third to the First Division of the Football League and won the League Championship in 1962.

(Jewish Chronicle – 18th May 1934, 12th May 1961, 17th January 1969)

Reproduced with kind permission of Palgrave Macmillan. http://www.palgrave.com/us/book/9781403939104


26th February 1943

Aircraft: Stirling; serial number: R 9279; based at R.A.F. Station Bourn, Cambridgeshire. The aircraft took off at 19:18hrs for an operational flight over Germany. Nothing was ever heard from the aircraft after take off, and it did not return. On the 18th January 1949  – R9279 was recorded as unsolvable.

Fellow Crew:

Victor Henry Harris; Flight Lieutenant/Pilot; age 24; R.C.A.F. – on his 17th operational flight.

Richard Ashdown; Flight Sergeant/2nd Pilot; age 21; R.A.F.

Jack Wratten; Sergeant/Flight Engineer; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Peter Rogers; Sergeant/Navigator; age 22; R.A.F.V.R.

Sidney Phillips; Sergeant/Mid Upper Gunner; age 21; R.A.F.V.R.

Howell Rees Jones; Sergeant/Air Bomber; age 20; R.A.F.V.R.

William Roy Matthews; Sergeant/Rear Gunner; age 26; R.A.A.F.





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