Rank & Name: Sgt L.V. Schafer

Date of Death: 29/05/1942


Little is known of Sgt Schafer at this time. He was pilot when he and his crew were posted MIA after their Hudson went missing. view details.

He is noted as being from Rhodesia (now known as Zimbabwe).

Update 2012: In May I was contacted by Alan Harris who sent in the following...

"Above-named attended Ruzawi School and then Plumtree School in Southern Rhodesia. There is a photo of him in the Plumtree School book “A Record”. Go well, Alan Harris."

Thanks Alan.

:Plumtree School - Old Prunitians - Roll of Honour:

Sgt.-Pilot L. V. Schafer - Leonard Victor Schafer, who was reported missing on May 28th, 1942, is now known to have been killed on that date. He was flying a Hudson bomber against an enemy convoy off the Netherlands coast, and did not return. His body was subsequently recovered on the island of Borkhum, where he is buried in the Luther Cemetery. Schafer was born on April 2nd, 1918, and entered Lloyd House in January 1931. After passing his Junior Certificate and Matric, he left Plumtree in December 1936, and took up farming. He was a farm manager at the time he attested in the Royal Air Force in March 1941. School Record : House Prefect, 1936; Corporal in the Cadet Corps; Rugger 1st XV, 1935-36; Cricket 2nd XI, 1934 to 1936. He was keen on Scouts, also athletics, swimming and hockey.


(L-R) Leonard Schafer - Walter Wilkinson (standing) - possibly John Hann (seated) - most likely Donald Imeson. (photo courtesy of Brenda, Walter's daughter. Thank you Brenda.)



Further Information

If you have any information about Sgt Schafer, please contact me, thank you.

Rest In Peace