2/Lt. John A. Stacker

38th FS -  12 August 1943 - 13 November 1943 (Killed in Action)

Assigned Aircraft

P-38H 42-670059

Mission History

4 missions

Mission List
55th FG Mission # Date Target
5 19 October 1943 Fighter Sweep - Ameins area (flew as Red 2)
8 24 October 1943 St. Andre L'Eure (flew as Spare and filled in for Capt. Hancock)
n/a 30 October 1943 Mission abandoned (flew as spare)
13 10 November 1943 Montdidier Airdrome (flew as White 4)
15 13 November 1943 Bremen (flew as Yellow 2)
Air Scores
Destroyed  
Probable  
Damaged  

(although Maj. Joel made a joint claim of an Me-109 damaged at Bremen, on 13th November 1943 with Lt. Stacker)

Ground Scores
Destroyed  
Damaged  
Notes

From California.
Known as 'Jack'
Army Serial Number O-746211
12 August 1943 - Joined 38th Fighter Squadron
13 November 1943 - Killed in Action
MACR No. 01438

Major Milton Joel reported: "My wingman and I had already become separated from the other elements of flight in previous encounters and had fallen back towards the rear of the last box of bombers.  I observed three JU-88s coming in for an attack on the rear of the bombers.
My wingman and I attacked the last JU-88 of the three.  As I closed in and fired, I chanced to look back and saw a twin-engine fighter coming in from 5 o'clock about half a mile away.  I called to Lieutenant Stacker, my wingman, telling him to break first with the idea that I could then break and possibly get behind the E/A.  My wingman was apparently intent on pressing home his attack on the E/A which had winged over with engine smoking.
I must have called him about five times without result.  Meanwhile, the E/A was closing.  I made a definite break to the left and up, hoping my wingman would follow.  At the top of my break, I saw the E/A on my wingman's tail at about 300 yards and firing.  I pulled my turn short to close in on the E/A, and at that time my wingman apparently saw him for he pulled straight up.  The E/A pulled up inside.  I closed to three or four hundred yards of the E/A and tried to fire.  I only got a few rounds out when my guns stopped.  My wingman at that time had pulled up steeply.  I saw pieces fly off the aircraft.  He rolled on his back with both engines smoking and I saw some dark object leave the cockpit.  I was then attacked by four Me-019s from behind and had to break.  Later, while still pursued by E/A, I looked back and saw what could have been a parachute or a burst of white smoke."

Lt. Stacker was killed by an enemy fighter near Bremen, Germany.  He is buried at Plot D, Row 16, Grave 21, in the Ardennes American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Neupre, Belgium.
Reproduced with kind permission of Mr. Robert M. Littlefield from the author's book Double Nickel - Double Trouble

Awards
Memories STACKER, JOHN A. “Jack”
Lt. Stacker Missing in Action—Lt. Jack Stacker, US Army Air Corps, has been listed by the US Army as missing in action. A telegram to his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Cosby Stacker of Auburn, stated that her husband was missing in action over Germany on Saturday, November 13. Lt. Stacker piloted a P38 fighter plane. He received his commission in May of this year and had been in England for about three months. He graduated from the Placer Union High School in Auburn and is the son of Mrs. Louise Stacker of Loomis. [Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 11-25-1943]

Stacker Thought Prisoner—Lt. Jack Stacker, who was reported missing in action several weeks ago in a telegram by the War Department to his wife in Auburn, is thought to be alive and a prisoner of Germany. Mrs. Stacker this week received a letter from a close friend in England who is a member of the same army group that her husband was a member. The letter conveys the information that while the writer was not a member of the group the day Lt. Stacker was missing, the commanding officer of the group was in action along with Stacker and reported that after Lt. Stacker’s plane was hit, the officer saw Stacker bail out and his parachute open as he started earthward. The letter also conveyed the information that the Germans were known to give good treatment to prisoners. Lt. Stacker is a Loomis young man. He is the son of Mrs. Louise Stacker and a graduate of the Placer Union High School. His wife is the former Eleanor Cosby of Auburn. [Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 12-30-1943]

Lt. Stacker Was Killed Nov. 13th—Lt. Jack Stacker of Loomis, who had been previously reported as missing in action, was killed on November 13 at the time his plane was shot down over Europe, according to information which was received in Auburn on Sunday by his wife, Mrs. Eleanor Cosby Stacker. The telegram from the adjutant general of the War Department and dated from Washington, March 11, follows: “Report received from the German government through the International Red Cross states your husband, Second Lieutenant John A. Stacker, who was previously reported missing in action, was killed in action on November 13 in the European area. The Secretary of War extends his deep sympathy, letter follows.” Those who were in the action with Lt. Stacker on November 13 and returned safely to their base in England had reported seeing an object fall from Stacker’s plane after it was hit, and all expressed the hope that this object was Lt. Stacker and that he safely parachuted to safety. The message on Sunday from the War Department was a great shock to the people of the Auburn and Loomis communities who had been living in the hope that Lt. Stacker was safe. Lt. Jack Stacker was a graduate of the Placer Union High School where he was a member of the football squad. Shortly before he was sent to England, he was married to Miss Eleanor Cosby of Auburn. His mother is Mrs. Louise Stacker of Loomis. He was one of the fine young men of this community, and his death should spur all on to greater efforts to bring to a successful conclusion World War II. [Auburn Journal-Republican, Thursday, 3-16-1944]
Additional Photo

Lt. Stacker's grave at the Ardennes American Military Cemetery and Memorial, Neupre, Belgium. (Paul Patist)

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