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Ralph Vincent Shaffer

Military

Missing In Action (MIA) after bailing out near Schoeneck, France from B-24 Ginger #4129177 on 08/26/1944.

Service

Units served with

  • 446th Bomb Group

    446th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 446th Bomb Group, who came to be known as "the Bungay Buckaroos" after the name of their Suffolk base, flew B-24 Liberators on strategic, support and interdictory missions over Europe. The Group led the Eighth Air Force and 2nd Bomb Division on the...

  • 706th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 41-29177 Ginger

    B-24 Liberator
    Hit by by AA over Ludwigshafen, Germany 26 August 1944, MACR 8471, managed to stay airborne until Saarbrücken, Germany where after coming under further AA fire, was abandoned by its crew and crashed near Schoeneck, France. The SS executed four of the...

Associated Place

  • Bungay

    Military site : airfield
    From late November 1943, the three bases of Bungay, Seething and Hardwick were the stations of the 20th Combat Wing of the Eighth Air Force. The base had previously housed individual squadrons of the 310th Bomb Group (Twelfth Air Force) and of the 93rd...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Pricedale, PA 15012, USA

Born to a coal miner and his wife in a Pennsylvania coal patch. Moved to Akron Ohio to live with a married sister after his father died. He joined the Army Air Corps after attending some college.

MIA 26 August 1944
Missing In Action (MIA) Schœneck, France 26 August 1944

Last to bail out of B24 Ginger, chute was seen to open. He was never found. It is possible that he joined up with escaped Russian forced-laborers who roamed the crash area.

Declared dead Schœneck, France 26 August 1945

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2015 05:14:00 ausonius Changes to biography and events
Sources

Tim Shaffer

Date Contributor Update
05 October 2015 05:03:57 ausonius Changes to middlename, nickname and events
Sources

Tim Shaffer

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:54 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8471 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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