2/Lt. John A. Stacker
38th FS - 12 August 1943 - 13 November 1943 (Killed in Action)
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.
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,
|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]
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