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Erie Cemetery History Project

George M. Shaheen (1906-1943)

George M. Shaheen was a son of Malham and Sadie Shaheen. He attended Whiteside County Schools. He was a worker his whole life, and during The Depression, worked numerous jobs, sometimes two or three a day. He worked for International Harvester and for Northwestern Steel in Rock Falls.

When World War II broke out, Mr. Shaheen went to work at the Rock Island Arsenal. On June 6, 1942, he joined the Air Corps as a tail gunner in a B-24 anti-submarine squad. He trained in Salina, KS, Phoenix, AZ, and Washington, DC. He received orders to go to England in January of 1943.

Not long after his arrival in England, Mr. Shaheen, in a crew of 10, was sent on a mission on January 22, 1943. The plane crashed coming back from an air raid. The entire crew was killed.

Mr. Shaheen was buried in Brookwood Cemetery, Surrey, England. His body was returned to the United States on August 4, 1948, and was buried in the family plot at Erie Cemetery.

(Information from May Shaheen)