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Herbert Eugene Shafer

Military

Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Blackwood crew. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, FR in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'; bomb bay door became jammed in tail controls and A/C crashed SE of Ptay 23-May-44. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251

Awards: AM (4OLC), PH.

Service

People

  • James Blackwood

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 446th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 23-May-44 in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'. Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 5251 Awards: AM, PH.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 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...

  • 704th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-7583

    B-24 Liberator
    Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, France; bombs released through closed bomb bay doors, part of which became jammed in tail controls causing A/C to crash SE of Ptay,France 23-May-44. 10 x KIA MACR 5251 ...

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 Bradford, Ohio 22 April 1913

Son of William F and Bertha N [Mathews] Shafer.

Enlisted Cincinnati, OH 10 April 1942

Cincinnati, Ohio

Based Bungay 1944 – 23 May 1944

Assigned to 704BS, 446BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Ptay, France 23 May 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Bricy, FR in B-24 42-7583 'Wee Willie'; bomb bay door became jammed in tail controls and A/C crashed SE of Ptay 23-May-44. KIA MACR 5251

Buried Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial 1946

Re-Interred
Epinal American Cemetery and Memorial
Lorraine, France
Plot B Row 10 Grave 15

Buried Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Pleasant Hill, Miami County, OH 1948

Memorialised
Pleasant Hill Cemetery
Pleasant Hill, Miami County, Ohio

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 June 2020 09:56:27 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/310763084
https://www.fold3.com/image/680591126
https://www.fold3.com/record/88894943-herbert-e-shafer
https://www.fold3.com/record/529849003-herbert-e-shafer
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/56375440/herbert-e-shafer
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/27300675/herbert-e-shafer

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:12:50 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 5251; The History of the 46th Bomber Group, pg 101

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