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John Edward Schaffer

Military

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Bill Trimble crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001
See the page with details about his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/fschaffje.html
Awards: AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Enver Cury

    Military | First Lieutenant | Bombardier | 401st Bomb Group
    Enver Cury was Bombardier on board B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home' of 401st Bomb Group / 615th Bomb Squadron on the 19-Jun-44 mission to the Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield. Hit by Flak, the Fortress had one motor on fire, two other ones out of action,...

  • William Trimble

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. 29 x combat missions. Crashed near Lesperre on 19-Jun-44 in B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home'. Evaded EVD. See the page with details about his evasion at https://www.evasioncomete.be/ftrimblww.html ...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-40002 'Breezing Home'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 19/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-D] Deenethorpe 29/12/43. Involved in parking accident at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944. 42-40002 lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Cullman, Alabama, USA 11 October 1920

Son of Frank J Schaffer.

Enlisted Fort McClellan, AL 15 October 1942

Fort McClellan, Alabama

Based Deenethorpe January 1944 – 19 June 1944

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Evaded Le Pouyau, France 19 June 1944 – 1 September 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Bordeaux-Mérignac airfield in B-17 42-40002 19-Jun-44; force landed Le Pouyau. Evaded capture (EVD) MACR 6001

Discharged USAAF 31 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died Birmingham, Alabama, United States 28 September 1992
Buried Sacred Heart Cemetery Cullman, Cullman County, AL October 1992

Sacred Heart Cemetery
Cullman, Cullman County, Alabama

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 April 2022 09:09:59 ED-BB Changes to biography and events
Sources

Added address for his page at website www.evasioncomete.be

Date Contributor Update
30 October 2021 18:31:24 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28653034
https://www.fold3.com/image/605070544
https://www.fold3.com/record/50315492/john-e-schaffer-social-security-de...
https://www.fold3.com/record/87992263/john-e-schaffer-wwii-army-enlistme...
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=962
http://401bg.org/Main/History/Crews/Details.aspx?CrewId=13501
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/156534013/john-e-schaffer

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:15:57 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 6001 / MACR6001 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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