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Robert Thomas Shafer


Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-Jul-43 in B-17 42-30150 'Exterminator', Killed in Action (KIA). MACR 214

Awards: AM, PH.



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    Military | Sergeant | Left Waist Gunner, Waist Gunner | 95th Bomb Group
    Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down 28-Jul-43 in B-17 42-30150 'Exterminator', Killed in Action (KIA). 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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 412th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-30150 'Exterminator'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/4/43; Smoky Hill 24/4/43; Walla Walla 30/4/43; Rapid City 9/5/43; Dow Fd 24/5/43; Assigned 412BS/95BG [QW-S] Horham 27/6/43; 9m, Missing in Action Oschersleben 28/7/43 with Fred Hodges, Co-pilot: Jim Peacock, Navigator: Bill Grody...


  • VIII Bomber Command 78

    28 July 1943
    The German aircraft industry at Kassel (Fieseler works) and Oscherleben, Germany are the primary targets of this mission. 182 B-17s from: 91BG (20); 92BG (17); 303BG (20); 305BG (21); 306BG (24); 351BG (21); 379BG (19); 381BG (20); and 384BG (20) are...

Associated Place

  • Horham

    Military site : airfield
    Horham airfield was planned and built for RAF use, but handed over to the Eighth Air Force and used initially by the 47th Bomb Group. When they joined the Twelfth Air Force in January 1943, it became home to the B-26 Marauders of the 323rd Bomb Group....


Event Location Date
Born Williamsport, PA, USA 31 March 1923

Son of Herbert T and
Emma L [Yarrison] Shafer.

Lived in Lycoming County, PA, USA 1940
Enlisted Harrisburg, PA 2 July 1942

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania

Based Horham 1943 – 28 July 1943

Assigned to 412BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Died Lathen, Germany 28 July 1943

Shot down 28-Jul-43 in B-17 42-30150 'Exterminator' Killed in Action (KIA).

Buried Netherlands American Cemetery 1946

Tablets of the Missing.
Netherlands American Cemetery Margraten, Netherlands


Date Contributor Update
23 January 2021 15:25:30 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename and events

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2021 15:10:52 Al_Skiff Changes to biography, events and place associations

Date Contributor Update
23 April 2020 19:59:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
16 December 2015 11:34:52 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations and mission associations

AAM DB Entry.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:12 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 214 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database