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Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) for Lieutenant Joseph D Spiess of the 96th Bomb Group researched by historian Bill Beigel. The file contains copies of primary documents that discuss the return of personal effects, circumstances and causes of death, and memorialisation of the fallen airman.




  • Joseph Spiess

    Military | Lieutenant | Mickey Operator, Pathfinder Operator, Pilot
    KIA near Schieben in B-17 #448704. March 19, 1945, Glen Wallace wrote in his diary, "What a screwed-up mission! Briefed to hit Rhuland, but didn't. Made a run over it and caught pretty accurate flak. Then we made a run on a secondary and c ...


  • 44-8704

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/11/44; Hunter 17/12/44; Dow Fd 5/12/44; Assigned 339BS/96BG Snetterton 22/1/45; Missing in Action Jena Opt Wks 19/3/45 with Capt Francis Jones, Co-pilot: Dave Thomas, Bombardier: George Vandruff, Radio Operator: Herb Rotfeld,...


Date Contributor Update
11 May 2015 10:54:28 Emily Created entry with collection, caption, unit associations, person associations and aircraft associations

Individual Deceased Personnel File (IDPF) researched and donated by Bill Beigel: