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.
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]