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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.



  • 390th Bomb Group

    390th Bomb 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


  • Albert Spacil

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Ball Turret Gunner
    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...


  • 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:...


  • VIII Bomber Command 169

    30 December 1943
    The port area and oil refineries at Ludwigshaven, Germany are the target for this massive attack of 710 heavy bombers. The despatch includes 12 PFF-equipped B-17s from 482BG, 11 of these are effective on the mission, 3 are damaged, and the bomber...


Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 20:25:20 jefflhead Changes to collection, person associations and mission associations

Part of personal effects of Staff Sergeant Albert Alvin Spacil sent home to his family after his death in September 1944. I, Jeff Head, used my cell phone to take a high res picture of it (and several others)

Date Contributor Update
26 July 2020 20:20:02 jefflhead Created entry with caption, unit associations and aircraft associations

Picture amongst Albert Alvin Spacil's personal effects ASN: 6959117