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Julius Kahn Lacey


Commanding officer 384th Bomb Group from 6-Sep-43 to 23-Nov-43 then was given command of the 94th Combat Bomb wing.

Transferred to Far East Air Forces in Oct-43, Lacy became vice commander of the 5th Air Force. In Jul-45 he became deputy commander for operations and training of the 2nd Air Force at Colorado Springs, CO. Named special assistant to the commander, FEAF, on 5-May-54. On 15-Jul-54, was appointed J-3, Far East Command, FEAF, and on 26-Apr-55 became deputy chief of staff, Plans, FEAF.

Returning to the US in Nov-55, Lacey was appointed commandant, USAF Institute of Technology, Air University, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH.

Awards: SS (OLC), DFC (OLC), AM (2OLC), BSM, DSM, LOH, Croix de Guerre (with palm), American Campaign Medal, WWII Victory, EAME, DUC.


Units served with

  • 94th Combat Bomb Wing
  • 303rd Bomb Group

    303rd Bomb Group

    The 303rd Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 3-Feb-1942 at Pendleton Field, Oregon. They assembled at Gowen Field, Idaho on 11-February 1942 where it conducted flight training until 12-Jun-1942. The Group then moved to Alamogordo Field, New...

  • Headquarters (384th Bomb Group)

Associated Place

  • Grafton Underwood

    Military site : airfield
    Grafton Underwood was built in 1941 by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd. It was the first airfield in England to receive an Eighth Air Force flying unit, when in May 1942 personnel of the 15th Bomb Squadron took up residence. As a satellite airfield for...

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...


Event Location Date
Born Elizabethton, Tennessee 18 September 1904

Son of John William and Maude [Tipton] Lacey.

Enlisted Tennessee, USA February 1929

Enlisting as a flying cadet in Feb-29.

Pilot training Jack Brooks Regional Airport, 6000 Air Line Dr, Beaumont, TX 77705, USA June 1929

Primary Flying School at Brooks Field, Texas.

Pilot training Kelly, San Antonio, TX 78227, USA February 1930

Advanced Flying School at Kelly Field, Texas, in February 1930, appointed a 2nd Lieutenant in the Air Reserve.

Commissioned May 1930

May-30 he received his full commission as a 2nd Lieutenant.

Commander Grafton Underwood NN14, UK 1 October 1943 – 23 November 1943

Commander of the 384th Bombardment Group (H).
He flew two combat missions with the 384th Bombardment Group.

Died San Antonio, TX, USA 5 July 1992
Buried 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209, USA August 1992

Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery
San Antonio,
Bexar County TX

Buried Roan Mountain, TN 37687, USA September 1992

Lacey Cemetery
Carter County, TN


Date Contributor Update
02 April 2018 17:25:39 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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24 June 2017 15:43:49 bombercommand Changes to service number and events

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23 June 2017 11:33:03 general ira snapsorter Changes to unit associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;

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18 January 2015 01:22:50 bombercommand Changes to highest rank, unit associations and place associations

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27 September 2014 18:17:40 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Who's Who in the Eighth Air Force and/or Biographical Directory Command & Staff Officers Eighth Air Force 1942-45