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William R Ackalusky


William Ackalusky's P-38F Lightning failed to return to base after all 15th Air Force missions from Italy were recalled due to bad weather. Ackalusky was believed to be on route from Lecce to Athens!


Units served with

  • 82nd Fighter Group

    82nd Fighter Group

    The 82nd Fighter Group flew training missions from bases in Northern Ireland between October and December 1942. They then joined the Twelfth Air Force in North Africa, supporting the ground invasion of Tunisia, Sicily and Italy. Between October 1943...

  • 95th Fighter Squadron

    95th Fighter Squadron

    The squadron was activated in early 1942 at Harding Field, Louisiana as the 95th Pursuit Squadron,[3] one of the original three squadrons of the 82d Pursuit Group.[5] It soon moved to California where it equipped with Lockheed P-38 Lightnings and began...


  • 41-7643

    P-38 Lightning
    Failed to return when all missions were recalled due to bad weather. Aircraft and pilot reported as missing in action.

Associated Place

  • Lecce

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Born Pottsville, Pennsylvania 3 April 1923
Lived in Pottsville, Pennsylvania 23 April 1930
Enlisted Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 18 March 1942
Died Italy 19 November 1943

Missing in Action.


Listed on the Tablets of the Missing.


Date Contributor Update
16 June 2020 14:45:59 Andycole0 Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

American Battle Monument's Commission
The National Archive and Records Administration. US 1930 Census.
Fold3 Missing air crew report 42-13210 Pg2.
Aircraft Serial Numbers Database 41-7643