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T/Sgt. John C. Schaffer - 419th Squadron

John C. Shaffer

John C. Shaffer, 89, a resident of Easy Street in Elkins, WV, passed away Saturday, Jan. 14, 2006, at his home after a short illness.

Mr. Shaffer was the son of the late William and Cora Shaffer.

He was born in Elkins and attended the public schools of Randolph County. He graduated from Elkins High School in 1934.

Mr. Shaffer was an employee of Western Maryland Railroad when he enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force in January 1941. He was later assigned to the 301st Bomb Group and was a flight engineer on a B17 Flying Fortress. His group along with the 97th Bomb Group arrived in England in mid 1942 and originated, what was to later become the mighty 8th U.S. Army Air Force. Mr. Shaffer was on the first flights by American bombers over Germany occupied Europe. He flew 50 missions in the early days of Americas entry into World War II in Europe. After completing his bombing missions, he returned to the United States in September 1943. Mr. Shaffer was stationed in Gulfport, Miss., and discharged from military service in June 1945.

Mr. Shaffer was preceded in death by four sisters and three brothers.

He was married to the former Katherine E. Hill of Elkins in April 1945, while still in the military.

In March 1957, Mr. Shaffer was appointed as deputy director of the West Virginia Department of Veterans Affairs for 10 years. His office was in the Randolph County Courthouse. He resigned this office and moved to California where he was employed as claims representative for Veterans Affairs in Los Angeles County. Then, he accepted the position as assistant veterans service officer of Ventura County, Calif. Mr. Shaffer ended his career after 20 years in Stockton, Calif. Mr. and Mrs. Shaffer lived for 45 years in California and returned to Elkins due to Mrs. Shaffers illness. Her death occurred Oct. 22, 2004.

Mr. Shaffer is survived by two brothers, Edward of Winterhaven, Fla., and Richard of Sun Lakes, Ariz. Also surviving are one daughter, Margarett Lynne Shaffer of Elkins and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete and under the direction of F.E. Runner Funeral Home. Interment will be in Maplewood Cemetery in Elkins for John C. Shaffer. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice in Johns name. Expressions of sympathy may be made to ferunner@sunlitsurf.com.

From 18 Jan 2006.


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