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Albert A Spacil

Military

Staff Sergeant Albert A. Spacil was killed in Action (KIA) on September 11, 1944, when his aircraft, "Flack Wagon", aircraft number 42-97821, piloted by James P. Handley, was hit in or near the bomb bay by 88mm anti-aircraft fire at it approached its target, Mainz, Germany, over Idstein, Germany.

Other personnel in other aircraft indicated that the aircraft blew apart in the air and they only saw two chutes. My Uncle Albert Spacil had a funeral with an empty casket in late 1944. But in 1948, his remains were found by a German farmer in a field about 35 miles NW of Worms, Germany, returned to U.S. Military personnel and identified by his dog tags. His remains were returned to Taylor, Texas, and were laid to rest there in the Spacil lot, with his father and mother, and four of his five sisters. His wife died in a car wreck in 1947 and was buried in in her families lot on the same cemetery.

Crew List of Flak Wagon and their disposition after being hit:

US Army Air Coprs B-17 #4297821, "Flak Wagon"

Crew:

Pilot: James P. Handley (survived-parachuted out)
Co-Pilot: Paul C. Hadly (KIA)
Navigator: Frank W. Capek (KIA)
Bombadier: Glenn B. Lee (KIA)
Lwr Ball Turret: Albert A. Spacil (KIA)
Waist Gunner: Norma E. Keller (KIA)
Radio Operator: James A. Stubbs (KIA)
Engineer/Top Gunner: Arthur H. Brown (survived-parachuted out)
Waist Gunner: Waist Gunner: Leonard J. Loscalzo (having been wounded on the previous mission, did not make the final flight)
Tail Gunner: Anthony J. Dymek (KIA)

Based: Framlingham, Suffolk, England, United Kingdom

Service

Units served with

  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 390th Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Framlingham, Suffolk, between July 1943 and the end of the war in Europe. The Group was engaged in strategic missions until the invasion of Europe when its role became more of a tactical one. This...

  • 571st Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97821 Chaff Wagon

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 7/3/44; Hunter 16/4/44; Grenier 5/5/44; Assigned 571BS/390BG [FC-M] Framlingham 8/5/44; Missing in Action Mainz 8/9/44 with Jim Handley, Navigator: Frank Capek, Bombardier: Glenn Lee, Radio Operator: Jim Stubbs, Ball turret gunner:...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Houston, Harris, Texas 21 December 1921

Albert Alvin Spacil's birth in Houston, Texas

Enlisted Taylor, Williamson, Texas 29 February 1940

Date of Enlistment in Taylor, Texas. 19 Years old.

Based Framlingham 15 July 1943 – 8 September 1944

Based at RAF and USAAF base 3 miles Southeast of Framlingham, Suffolk, England

Died Idstein, Hessen, Germany 8 September 1944

Albert Alvin Spacil's death when his B-17G, "Chaff Wagn", #4297821, was shot down over Idstein, Hessen, Germany on Sept 8, 1944. His remains were found in 1948 and identified by his dog tags and his remains were returned home and buried in his casket i Taylor, Texas.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 November 2020 20:26:05 Michael_C Changes to biography
Sources

I am Leonard Loscalzo's nephew. The correction I made is family history.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 22:18:49 jefflhead Changes to media associations
Sources

Sources include Records from the US Army Air Corp museum, various USAAF records for his enlistment, missions, his citations and awrds, his Service number, and letters and pictures amongst his peronal effects.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 22:17:48 jefflhead Changes to events
Sources

Sources include Records from the US Army Air Corp museum, various USAAF records for his enlistment, missions, his citations and awrds, his Service number, and letters and pictures amongst his peronal effects.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 22:15:30 jefflhead Changes to events
Sources

Sources include Records from the US Army Air Corp museum, various USAAF records for his enlistment, missions, his citations and awrds, his Service number, and letters and pictures amongst his peronal effects.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 21:40:12 jefflhead Changes to events
Sources

Sources include Records from the US Army Air Corp museum, various USAAF records for his enlistment, missions, his citations and awrds, his Service number, and letters and pictures amongst his peronal effects.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 21:37:17 jefflhead Changes to events
Sources

Sources include Records from the US Army Air Corp museum, various USAAF records for his enlistment, missions, his citations and awrds, his Service number, and letters and pictures amongst his peronal effects.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 21:35:34 jefflhead Changes to media associations
Sources

Sources include Records from the US Army Air Corp museum, various USAAF records for his enlistment, missions, his citations and awrds, his Service number, and letters and pictures amongst his peronal effects.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 21:32:51 jefflhead Changes to middlename, nickname, events and media associations
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Idstein, Hessen, Germany

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 21:12:45 jefflhead Changes to middlename and nickname
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Details from mission on Sep 11, 1944 and other documentation and letters from the ball turret gunner, Staff Sergeant Albert Alvin Spacil who dies on Sep 11, 1944 in the aircraft on that, their second to last mission.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 15:28:03 jefflhead Changes to events
Sources

Travis County, Texas, Marriage Certificate and Family Records

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 15:17:46 jefflhead Changes to biography and events
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U.S. Army Air Force records of the 8th Air Force, 390th Bomber Group, 571st Bomber Squadron. Family records, including all of the official correspondences, including the various medal and citations. Family verbal history from hi sisters and parents while they were still alive. I (Jeff Head) and my Cousin Steven Porto (retired US Naval Aviator, and Lt. Commander, F/-18 E/F Pilot, , have all of these records.

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 14:46:09 jefflhead Changes to service number and awards
Sources

His Purple Heart reads:

"For military merit and for wounds received resulting in his death on Spetember8, 1944"

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 14:42:27 jefflhead Changes to awards
Sources

We have all of the Awards, including one not listed:

Citation of Honor Award from the U.S. Army Air Force

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 8602 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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