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August 'Gus' Gaczi, Pilot, 489th Bomb Group

It is with great sadness we inform you that 489th veteran August J Gaczi passed away on October 22nd, 2015, at the age of 95. Gus was a B-24 Pilot with the 844th Squadron.

His family wrote, “The name of his plane was ‘Pin Up Girl’. He flew 27 missions without losing a plane or a man. Gus and his wife Edith, returned to Halesworth for a 489th reunion and he was always delighted to meet with many of his dear friends. Gus flew back to the states to train as a B-29 pilot. The day he was to fly to the South Pacific, the atom bomb was dropped on Japan.”

Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.

August 'Gus' Gaczi, Pilot, 844th Squadron - photo taken in USA

Part of the Crew: L-R: Lt Bob Kirby, Capt A J Gaczi, ? , ? , Lt Chuck Taylor, Lt James T Pace

August 'Gus' Gaczi, Pilot, 844th Squadron receiving medal from Col Napier

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