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Earl A. Shaeffer, Pilot
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EARL A. SHAEFFER - 427th BS
(Assigned 427BS: 09 February 1943 -- On loan from the 92nd BG)

1Lt Earl A. Shaeffer (P), Lt Arthur M. Stone (CP),
Lt F. Stugard, Jr. (N), Lt A.D. Fec (B)

T/Sgt G.F. Murray (E), T/Sgt D.B. Penley (R),
Sgt M.L. Harris (BTG), S/Sgt R.W. Groves (RWG),
S/Sgt R.C. Lentz (LWG), S/Sgt F.S. Vance (TG)

Ten dispatched missions of the 1Lt Earl A. Shaeffer Crew:
19 (4 Mar 43), 20, 21, 22, 23 (A), 24, 25, 26, 28, 29 (5 April 43)
(A) Aborted - non credit mission --- (AS) Abortive Sorties - Bombs not dropped - Credited mission.
For mission dates and targets see the missions list.

Crew Notes:
The 1Lt Shaeffer crew was one of four crews loaned to the 303rd BG(H) by the 92nd BG(H) as temporary replacement crews. The others were: 1Lt Charles N. Austin (To 358BS), 1Lt Hans C. Johnson (to 359BS) and 1Lt Andrew F. Bilek (to 360BS). The Charles N. Austin crew was shot down on mission #24, 18 March 1943. The three other crews returned to the 92nd BG(H) at Alconbury after mission #29 on 5 April 1943.

All crewmen were dispatched on all ten of the 1Lt Shaeffer missions with the following exceptions were substitute crewmen were used: Navigator - Mission 23(A) substitute; Radio Operator - Missions 24 & 26 substitutes; Tail Gunner - Missions 28 & 29 substitutes.

[Researched by Historian Harry D. Gobrecht]