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Si I Spiegel


Si Spiegel served as a pilot with the 849th Bomb Squadron of the 490th Bomb Group, flying missions out of Eye, England.

On 3 February 1945, his aircraft B-17 43-38150 crash-landed behind Soviet lines at a small airfield at Reczyn, Poland, about 50 miles northwest of Warsaw. The crew returned to base on 17 March 1945. Si completed 29 missions. In 2002 he went back to locate the site at Reczyn and the locals invited him to return a year later when they would erect a monument on the spot. He took his entire family back in 2003 where there was a big celebration with hundreds of people including the American Air Attache.

On 29 May 2016, Si Spiegel was back in England for the dedication of the 490th Bomb Group Memorial at Eye.


Units served with

  • 490th Bomb Group

    490th Bomb Group

    The 490th Bomb Group, like the 486th and 487th Bomb Groups transitioned from flying B-24 Liberators to B-17 Flying Fortresses, which were used in combat missions from late August 1944. Based at Eye, Suffolk, the Group were focused in the early months...

  • 849th Bomb Squadron


  • 43-38150 Giddy

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 30/6/44; Kearney 11/7/44; Dow Fd 20/7/44; Assigned to 490 BG Eye 21/7/44. ...

Associated Place

  • Eye

    Military site : airfield
    Eye air base was not a Class A base but was constructed to a less demanding standard by the 827th and 859th Battalions of U.S. Army Engineers in 1943 and was finished in early 1944. Unusually, a group of its hardstandings were on the other side of the...

  • Reczyn, Poland

    Crash site


Event Location Date
Born New York City, New York 25 May 1924
Crash-landed Poland 3 February 1945


Date Contributor Update
15 April 2022 09:51:56 Helen Changes to biography

490th BG Bombs Away Sept. 2005

Date Contributor Update
05 June 2016 14:26:12 usxpat Changes to media associations

Laurie Atkins personal collection

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:08 AAM AAM ingest

490th Bomb Group Unit Personnel / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Roll of Honor, MACR 12238