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Name: August Thayer Iaccaci
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
the Thayer Quarterly, March 2004, Volume 12, 1
Country: United States
Rank: Captain
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Units: 20, 48
Victories: 17
Born: 06 June 1893
Place of Birth: Hingham, Massachusetts, USA
Died: 30 April 1980
Place of Death: Madison, Connecticut, USA
 
 
The son of August Florino and Mable Thomas (Thayer) Jaccaci, August Thayer Iaccaci and his brother Paul joined the 7th Regiment, National Guard New York in June 1913 and served in Texas, on the Mexican border, in the summer of 1916. Later that year, August enrolled as a freshman at Princeton University. He was employed by H. K. McCann Company before he and his brother went to Toronto, Canada to join the Royal Flying Corps in 1917. Arriving in England, they completed their training at Netheravon and received commissions. In April 1918, they were posted to Calais where they flew Bristol Fighters with 20 Squadron. Each of them was credited with 17 victories while serving with this squadron. Promoted to Captain in October 1918, August Iaccaci was reassigned to 48 Squadron as a flight commander. Later that month, he was wounded in the eye and sent back to England, spending the duration of the war in hospital. He and his brother returned to the United States in May 1919.

Also known as August Thayer Jaccaci.
Captain August Thayer Iaccaci, D.F.C. (left) and Captain Paul Thayer Iaccaci, D.F.C., No. 20 Squadron, RFC.
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. August Thayer Iaccaci.
   This officer has taken part in many engagements, and he and his observer have been most successful in destroying enemy machines. A resolute and skilful airman."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 19 May 1918 1040 20 Bristol F.2b (C859) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) S of Vieux Berquin
2 22 May 1918 20 Bristol F.2b 1 Two-seater (DES) Bailleul
3 27 May 1918 1215 20 Bristol F.2b (B1114) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) S of Neuve Eglise
4 31 May 1918 0800 20 Bristol F.2b (C4762) 2 Albatros D.V (OOC) SW of Armentières
5 31 May 1918 1850 20 Bristol F.2b 3 Pfalz D.III (OOC) N of Comines
6 01 Jun 1918 1200 20 Bristol F.2b (C976) 4 Pfalz D.III (OOC) N of Merville
7 08 Jun 1918 1720 20 Bristol F.2b (C892) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) NE of Wervicq
8 17 Jun 1918 0715 20 Bristol F.2b (C892) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) Houthem
9 30 Jun 1918 0730 20 Bristol F.2b (C892) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) W of Halluin
10 14 Jul 1918 0900 20 Bristol F.2b 5 Fokker D.VII (OOC) 6 SE of Ypres
11 06 Sep 1918 0830 20 Bristol F.2b (E2213) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) Cambrai-St. Quentin
12 06 Sep 1918 0855 20 Bristol F.2b (E2213) 1 Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of St. Quentin
13 15 Sep 1918 1115 20 Bristol F.2b (E2213) 1 Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Lesdin
14 15 Sep 1918 1120 20 Bristol F.2b (E2213) 1 Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Morcourt
15 16 Sep 1918 0825 20 Bristol F.2b (E2213) 1 Fokker D.VII (DES) W of Lesdin
u/c 20 Sep 1918 20 Bristol F.2b Fokker D.VII St. Quentin
16 27 Sep 1918 1030 20 Bristol F.2b (E2213) 1 Fokker D.VII (DES) S of Fontaine
17 27 Sep 1918 1030 20 Bristol F.2b (E2213) 1 Fokker D.VII (OOC) N of Bernot

1 Observer Arthur Newland
2 Observer Sgt D A Malpas
3 Observer Lt Ernest Hardcastle
4 Observer Sgt W O'Neill
5 Observer Lt Ronald Turner
6 Shared with Capt Dennis Latimer & Lt Tom Noel
 
Books
Bristol F 2 Fighter Aces of World War 1
by Jon Guttman / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 18, 2007)
American Aces of World War 1
by Norman Franks, Harry Dempsey (Illustrator) / Paperback / Osprey Publishing (September 25, 2001)
Over the Front
by Norman L. R. Franks, Frank W. Bailey / Hardcover / Grub Street the Basement (May 1992)
In Clouds of Glory: American Airmen Who Flew With The British During The Great War
by James J. Hudson / Paperback / University of Arkansas Press (October 1, 1990)
 
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