Stanley E Sackett, pilot, Second World War hero

First Lt Stanley E Sackett (1923–1944)
(Src: Find a Grave, R Davidson)

First Lt Stanley Emerson Sackett (1923–1944) was a US Air Force fighter pilot. He was killed in action during the Second World War.

Stanley enlisted in the US Army Air Corps in January 1942. After pilot training in Oklahoma and Texas, he was posted to the Eighth US Air Force base in England. He was promoted to First Lieutenant in October 1943. He flew a Thunderbolt fighter plane with the 369th Fighter Squadron, part of the 359th Fighter Group, escorting bomber formations in raids over Germany. After many successful missions, earning him the Distinguished Flying Cross with Oak Leaf Cluster and the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, he was reported missing after a raid on 8 May 1944. It was subsequently reported that he had been killed in action.

Stanley was born in Livermore, Colorado, the son of Thorwald Harvey Sackett and Dorothy Emerson.

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