Staff Sergeant Albert Alvin Spacil KIA Sept 8, 1944 over Idstein, Germany, approaching target of Mainz, he was the ball turret gunner of B-17G, Chaff Wagon, 42-97821
B-17G #42-97821 Flying Fack Crew and Aircraft Picture Aug 1944
FLACK WAGON, B-17G, #42-9721, is the aircraft in the upper right corner of this picture on the crews 6th Mission against Ludwigshafen, Germany.
Staff Sergeant Albert Spcails headstone in Taylor, Texas
Albert Alvin Spacil's Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters for Meritorious Achievement while participating in aerial flight Award
Albert Alvin Spacil's Citation of Honor Award
Albert Alvin Spacil's Purple Heart Award, for military merit and wounds received in action that resulted in his death
Albert Alvin Spacil's Gold-Start Picture they used for his mother's Gold Star. Award
Another supposed shot of Chaff Wagon, B-17G #4297821 takne in the fall of 1943
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"
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
Units served with
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...
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:...
||Houston, Harris, Texas
||21 December 1921
Albert Alvin Spacil's birth in Houston, Texas
||Taylor, Williamson, Texas
||29 February 1940
Date of Enlistment in Taylor, Texas. 19 Years old.
||15 July 1943 – 8 September 1944
Based at RAF and USAAF base 3 miles Southeast of Framlingham, Suffolk, England
||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.