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Name: Paul Thayer Iaccaci
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) Paul Iaccaci
Country: United States
Rank: Lieutenant
Service: Royal Flying Corps
Royal Air Force
Unit: 20
Victories: 17
Born: 26 July 1890
Place of Birth: Paris, France
Died: 08 August 1965
Place of Death: Hanover, New Hampshire, USA
 
 
The son of August Florino and Mable Thomas (Thayer) Iaccaci, Paul Thayer Iaccaci attended Harvard from 1909 to 1911. He and his brother August enlisted in a New York city regiment in June 1913 and served on the Mexican border in 1916. In 1917, they both joined the Royal Flying Corps in Toronto, Canada. Arriving in England, they completed their training at Netheravon and received commissions. In April 1918 the Iaccaci brothers were both posted to Calais where they flew Bristol Fighters with 20 Squadron. Each of them was credited with 17 victories while serving with this squadron. Lieutenant Paul Iaccaci was transferred to the unemployed list on 1 April 1919. He and his brother returned home to the United States.

Appears as Paul Thayer Jaccaci in some documents.
HarvardĀ“s Military Record in the World War
Harvard College, Class of 1913, Secretary's second report, June 1917
 
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
"Lieut. Paul Thayer Iaccaci.
   A bold and successful fighter, who on four offensive patrols has accounted for six enemy aeroplanes: two he shot down himself, and four were destroyed with the assistance of his observer. In these several encounters the formation in which, Lieut. laccaci was serving was engaged against heavy odds."
 
Victories
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 18 May 1918 1140 20 Bristol F.2b 1 Fokker DR.I (OOC) SW of Nieppe
2 19 May 1918 1055 20 Bristol F.2b (C4604) 2 Fokker DR.I (DES) Merville
3 31 May 1918 0745 20 Bristol F.2b (B1122) 1 Pfalz D.III (DES) Merville
4 31 May 1918 0800 20 Bristol F.2b (B1122) 1 Albatros D.V (DES) S of Merville
5 31 May 1918 1855 20 Bristol F.2b (C4699) 3 Albatros D.V (OOC) NW of Armentières
6 13 Jun 1918 0800 20 Bristol F.2b (B1122) 4 Albatros D.V (OOC) NNW of Armentières
7 17 Jun 1918 0725 20 Bristol F.2b (B1122) 4 Pfalz D.III (DES) Houthem
8 26 Jun 1918 1900 20 Bristol F.2b (D8090) 5 Pfalz D.III (OOC) Armentières
9 04 Jul 1918 1620 20 Bristol F.2b (C951) 6 Albatros D.V (DES) W of Veldhoek
10 04 Jul 1918 1630 20 Bristol F.2b (C951) 6 Albatros D.V (OOC) W of Veldhoek
11 04 Jul 1918 1640 20 Bristol F.2b (C951) 6 Albatros D.V (DES) NE of Zillebeke Lake
12 10 Jul 1918 0920 20 Bristol F.2b (D7919) 6 Fokker D.VII (DES) E of Zillebeke Lake
13 10 Jul 1918 0920 20 Bristol F.2b (D7919) 6 Fokker D.VII (OOC) E of Zillebeke Lake
14 30 Jul 1918 1930 20 Bristol F.2b (D7915) 7 Fokker D.VII (DES) NE of Bailleul
15 03 Sep 1918 1745 20 Bristol F.2b (E2470) 8 Fokker D.VII (DES) Havrincourt Wood
16 06 Sep 1918 0830 20 Bristol F.2b (E2470) 8 Fokker D.VII (DES) Cambrai Road
17 06 Sep 1918 0850 20 Bristol F.2b (E2470) 8 Fokker D.VII (OOC) St. Quentin

1 Observer AM1 Arthur Newland
2 Observer Sgt W Sansome
3 Observer AM1 S W Melbourne
4 Observer Lt Walter Noble
5 Observer Lt Francis Ralph
6 Observer Lt Ronald Turner
7 Observer Lt Harold Edwards
8 Observer Lt Alfred Mills
 
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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