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Schaefer, Kenneth George (Pilot Officer)

Killed in Action 1941-12-29

Birth Date: 1919-11-01 (age 22)

Son of John D. Schaefer and Elizabeth Schaefer, of Hanover, Ontario.

Home: Hanover, Ontario

Service
RCAF
Unit
10 (BR) Sqn- Squadron
Rank
Pilot Officer
Marshal
Air Chief MarshalA/C/M
Air MarshalA/M
Air Vice MarshalA/V/M
Air CommodoreA/C
Group CaptainG/C
Wing CommanderW/C
Squadron LeaderS/L
Flight LieutenantF/L
Flying OfficerF/O
Pilot OfficerP/O
Warrant Officer 1st ClassWO1
Warrant Officer 2nd ClassWO2
Flight SergeantFS
SergeantSGT
CorporalCPL
Senior AircraftmanSAC
Leading AircraftmanLAC
Aircraftman 1st ClassAC1
Aircraftman 2nd ClassAC2
Position
Pilot
Service Numbers
J/6267

10 North Atlantic Squadron, Gander, Newfoundland. Digby aircraft missing, presumed lost in the North Atlantic.

Canada Source Canadian Virtual War Memorial

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Pilot Officer Kenneth George Schaefer has no known grave.

Crew on Digby Mk. I 744

Douglas Digby

(Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3581607) (Source Harold A Skaarup web page)
Douglas Digby Mk. I, RCAF (Serial No. 740), coded R, No. 10 (Bomber) Squadron, RCAF.

The RCAF acquired 20 Douglas Digby Mk. I in 1940. These were American twin engine B-18A Bolo bombers which served during the late 1930s and early 1940s. The Digby, named after the RAF school of bombing at RAF Digby, was based on the Douglas DC-2 airframe. The RCAF Digbys were immediately issued to No. 10 Squadron to replace the squadron's Westland Wapitis, to carry out anit-submarine patrol duties. RCAF Eastern Air Command (EAC) Digbys carried out 11 attacks on U-boats. U-520 was confirmed sunk by Flying Officer F. Raymes' crew of No. 10 (BR) Squadron, on 30 October 1942, east of Newfoundland. The Digby antisubmarine role was relatively short-lived, and they were superseded in this role in 1943 by Consolidated B-24 Liberators, which had a much heavier payload and a substantially longer range which finally closed the mid-Atlantic gap. Harold Skaarup web page

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CASPIR Aircraft Groups:
RCAF On Strength (20), Canadian Aircraft Losses (5)
last update: 2021-09-06 14:28:30

Digby Mk. I 744

Used by No. 10 (BR) Squadron, RCAF Station Halifax, NS, Dartmouth, NS, and Gander, Newfoundland, 1940 to 1943. Attempted this squadron's first war mission on 17 June 1940, while with Gander Detachment. Returned early due to "failing light". Declared Category A after being lost at sea from Gander on 29 December 1941. Ownership to No. 4 Repair Depot at Scoudouc, NB on 28 January 1942. Later reported scrapped at No. 4 Repair Depot.
1940-03-12 Taken on Strength Eastern Air Command 2019-08-20
1941-December-29 Accident: 10 Squadron Loc: Unknown Names: Chapman | Heeney | Legon | Runte | Schaefer | Skidmore
1942-10-16 Struck off Strength 2019-08-20

10 (BR) Sqn- Squadron

Battle honours

The Second World War

NORTH-WEST ATLANTIC, 1940-1945.

Lineage

Authorized as ‘No.10 (Torpedo Bomber) Squadron’ 1 April 1938.Footnote1

Redesignated 'No.10 (Bomber) Squadron' 28 August 1939.Footnote2

Redesignated 'No.10 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron' 1 September 1939.Footnote3

Disbanded 13 August 1945.Footnote4

Notes:

No lineal connection with '10 Experimental Squadron', of 1967-70. See 10 Experimental Squadron.

Operational history

The Second World War

The squadron flew on anti-submarine operations on the Atlantic Coast under 'Eastern Air Command'.Footnote5

Footnotes

Footnote 1

GO 48/38. Authorized but not formed (AFGO 19/39)

Footnote 2

AFGO 41/39

Footnote 3

AFGO 57/39\

Footnote 4

Secret Organization Order 279, 4 August 1945, file S.17-10-1 (DOE), Kardex 181.009 (D5432)

Footnote 5

AFGO 25/40; Statement and Organization Charts for the Home and Overseas War and BCATP Organization, 15 April 1942, file S.8202, Kardex 181.002 (D421); Memorandum, Notes for CAS, Appendix A, 12 September 1939, Document Collection 77/543

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