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Pasquale R Spina


Killed in Action (KIA) 31 July 1944 Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030




  • Ora Castrup

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 388th Bomb Group
    Killed in Action (KIA) Shot down by flak and crashed at Schleissheim in B-17 Devil's Luck #4232030

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Units served with

  • 388th Bomb Group

    388th Bomb Group

    The 388th Bomb Group flew strategic bombing mission from Knettishall, Suffolk from June 1943 to the end of the war. During this time, though, detachments were sent to Fersfield, Norfolk to conduct Aphrodite missions. In these Aphrodite missions veteran...

  • 561st Bomb Squadron


  • 42-32030 Devil's Luck

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 17/1/44; Gr Island 4/2/44; Assigned 561BS/388BG Knettishall 11/2/44; Missing in Action Munich 31/7/44 with Ora Castrup, Co-pilot: Joe DeRidder, Navigator: Harvey Dellward, Bombardier: Chester Pluta, Flight engineer/top turret gunner:...


Associated Place

  • Knettishall

    Military site : airfield
    Knettishall was built to Class A standard for an American Bomb Group that would be bringing up to forty heavy bombers with them in three or four Squadrons. The 388th Bomb Group, which stayed at Knettishall for their entire service in the ETO, flew B-17...


Event Location Date
Born Stamford, CT, USA 1921
Lived in Fairfield County, CT, USA 1942
Enlisted Hartford, CT, USA 29 October 1942
Died Schleissheim , Oberschleißheim, Germany 31 July 1944

KIA when his aircraft took a direct flak hit and exploded

Buried Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial 1945

Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial • Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France
Plot F Row 16 Grave 31


Date Contributor Update
24 February 2018 04:23:51 466thHistorian Changes to events, place associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
09 September 2016 21:27:06 dogofwar1 Changes to events

Exhumed from gravesite near Munich; interred as an unknown in St Avold; subsequently identified (by dental records) and re- interred as "Pasquale Spina."

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2015 00:49:24 Uncle Pat Changes to events

Pat was never a prisioner of war. He was KIA.

Date Contributor Update
21 October 2015 00:44:30 Uncle Pat Changes to nickname and biography

Pasquale Spina was my Uncle.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:01 AAM AAM ingest

ABMC/MACR 7744 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 7744 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database