The Aerodrome Home Page
Aces of WWI
Aircraft of WWI
Books and Videos
The Aerodrome Forum
Sign the Guestbook
Help
WWI Web Sites
Medals & Decorations
The Aerodrome News
Search The Aerodrome
Today in History




Name: Evander Shapard
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 92
Victories: 6
Born: 16 December 1896
Place of Birth: Shelbyville, Tennessee, USA
Died: 17 June 1977
Place of Death: Spalding, Georgia, USA
Cemetery: Oak Hill Cemetery, Griffin, Georgia, USA Image
 
 
The son of Lula (Holtzclaw) and Thomas Lipscomb Shapard, Evander Shapard was promoted to temporary 2nd Lieutenant (on probation) on 5 January 1918. Posted to 92 Squadron in 1918, he scored 6 victories flying the S.E.5a.

Contradictory info found for claims 3 and 4 in the list below. No details found for the two claims that would give Shapard six victories as mentioned in his DFC citation.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Lieut. Evander Shapard. (FRANCE)
      On 4th November, in low clouds and heavy rain, this officer led his patrol to attack enemy troops on the ground. Descending to so low an altitude that his machine was marked by his own bombs, he attacked a dense concentration of enemy troops and transport in face of heavy fire at point-blank range. He has accounted for six enemy aircraft, and inspires the greatest confidence in his patrol by his intrepid daring and resource.
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 Jul 1918 1130 92 S.E.5a (D6915) C (DES) 1 N of Estaires
2 05 Sep 1918 1110 92 S.E.5a (E4021) Fokker (DES) Cambrai
3 04 Oct 1918 0705 92 S.E.5a Hannover C (DES) SE of Bertry
4 04 Oct 1918 0800 92 S.E.5a Hannover C (OOC) 2 SE of Bertry
5 23 Oct 1918 0715 92 S.E.5a DFW C (DES) S of Pont du Nord
6 23 Oct 1918 1300 92 S.E.5a DFW C (DES) 3 S of Pont du Nord

1 Shared with Arthur Coningham
2 Shared with Capt James Robb, Capt W S Philcox, Thomas Horry
3 Shared with Capt James Robb, Lt E S Robins, Lt C H E Coles, Lt E Madill, Capt William Reed, Thomas Horry, Lt James V Gascoyne, Lt J Daniel
 
 
 
Aces · Aircraft · Books · Forum · Guests · Help · Links · Medals · News · Search · Today