Yearbook Photo

Hackensack High School
Yearbook Photo

Lieutenant Dennis J. Lacey, age twenty-one, was killed in an air-plane crash on November 7, 1944, at Townesville, Queensland, Australia.

Dennis graduated from New Milford Junior High School and
Hackensack High School. He was a student at
Norwich University, Northfield, Vt., when he volunteered for service in the Army as an Air Cadet in March 1943. He received his training at
Atlantic City, N.J., Waterville, Me., Nashville, Tenn., Maxwell Field, Ala., Avon Park, Fla., Cochran Field, Macon, Ga., and Napier Field, Dothan Ala, where he was commissioned. After a brief furlough, he returned to Napier, went to Perry Army Air Base, Fla., then Dale Mabrey Field, Tallahassee, Fla., where he volunteered for service in the Pacific Area.

He was about to fly a plane from Australia to New Guinea when an accident between his plane and another occurred in the air, soon after the take-off.

Dennis is buried in the military cemetery at Townesville.

Dennis Lacey had a brother, James E. Lacey,
who was serving in the European theater possibly at Bastogne at the time of Dennis's death on
November 7, 1944

Background image of the U.S. Air Force logo obtained from:

Actual Local Newspaper Article 1944