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Jacob Schafer

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant Jacob Schafer

August 27, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

R/221219

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

166 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Commemorated on Page 437 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

G.L. RYE CHURCHYARD
Denmark

Grave Reference:

II. 9. Coll. grave 14.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Jacob Schafer is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flight Sergeant Jacob Schafer is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JACOB SCHAFER– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JACOB SCHAFER– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Identification– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of JACOB SCHAFER– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Service Book– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Grave marker– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Grave Marker– Excerpt of story and photos from Airwar Over Denmark www.flensted.eu.com.

F/S Schafer of Kingsville, Ontario, was air gunner on Lancaster III LM694 serving in 166 (RAF) Squadron and was on Gardening (Mining) mission to Danzig Bay.  When flying over the Jylland peninsula on the return flight LM694 was attacked by a German night fighter and crashed at 03:30 hours at Aastruplund northwest of Horsens 27 August 1944 with the loss of all onboard.
 The wreckage was spread over an area of 1000 x 500 metres.  The remains of the crew were found in the general area. German soldiers from the Wehrmacht barracks in Brædstrup arrived under command of Hauptfeldwebel Hein and sealed off the area in search for survivors
On 30/8 1944 they were buried in Gl. Rye cemetery by members of the Wehrmacht
The Canadian crew members were: F/S Schafer, F/O James B. Russell and F/S John E. Fitzgerald.
  • Cemetery– Photo of graves of crew members and memorial.
  • Memorial– Cross made of aircraft remains commemorates site of crash.
  • Newspaper clipping– From the Windsor Daily Star. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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