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Alfred W Giacomini


First 8th AF pilot fatality in the ETO. Spitfire VB EN847 stalled on approach to Atcham and crashed 1 mile east of the airfield killing Lt Alfred W Giacomini.


Units served with

  • 31st Fighter Group

    31st Fighter Group

    The 31st Fighter Group only flew missions from England between June and September 1942 but during this period they supported the Dieppe raid, the assault on occupied Europe, predominantly by the Canadian army. The attack was forced into early retreat...

  • 308th Fighter Squadron


  • EN847

    Supermarine Spitfire EN847 Mk Vb, Built at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory. ...


Associated Place

  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...


Event Location Date
Born Sterling, CO 80751, USA 11 January 1918

Sterling, Logan County
Colorado, USA.

Education 1936 – 1940

Alfred was a junior college student who attended the University of Colorado in Boulder City (Class of 1940). He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering (see attachment). He was a member of the "American Society of Mechanical Engineers".

Assigned Selfridge Angb Airport, Harrison Charter Township, MI 48045, USA 1941 – 15 May 1942

Assigned to the 308th Fighter Squadron of the 31st Pursuit Group (Interceptor) at Selfridge Field, Michigan.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 15 May 1942 – 11 June 1942

On 15 May 1942, departing the USA (less their P-39s), the 31st Fighter Group arrived at RAF Atcham, England.

Operational training Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 26 June 1942 – 28 June 1942

Amassed 20 flying hrs on Spitfires training alongside 131 (County of Kent) Sqn RAF pilots practising formation, navigation and theatre familiarisation.

Died Atcham, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, UK 29 June 1943

First 8th AF pilot fatality in the ETO. Spitfire VB EN847 stalled on approach to Atcham and crashed 1 mile east of the airfield, pilot Lt Alfred W Giacomini sustained grave injuries and died on the way to the station hospital.

Buried Riverside Cemetery, Sterling, CO 80751, USA

Riverside Cemetery , Sterling
Logan County, Colorado, USA.


Date Contributor Update
25 September 2015 20:42:06 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

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Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:03:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Losses of the 8th and 9th AF by Bishop and Hey p. 16