Sept. 22, 2017 —
Army Air Forces 1st Lt. Homer A. Spence, missing from World War II, has now been accounted for.
On July 20, 1944, Spence was a member of the 96th Fighter Squadron, 82nd Fighter Group, as a pilot of a P-38J aircraft, escorting bomber aircraft on a mission targeting Memmingen Airdrome in Germany. During the return flight, his aircraft entered a deep dive into the clouds and was not seen or heard from again. At the time of his loss, Austria and northern Italy were still under enemy control, precluding any immediate search to locate his crash site.
Interment services are pending; more details will be released 7-10 days prior to scheduled funeral services.
DPAA is grateful to Archaeological and Historical Conservancy, Inc., for their partnership in this mission.
Spence’s name is recorded on the Walls of the Missing at an American Battle Monuments Commission site along with the others who are missing from WWII. A rosette will be placed next to his name to indicate he has been accounted for.
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