Two books and try the USAF istorical Research Agency
To find LT. Spraley see if he is a member of the following
87th Fighter Inter Sqdn Mr. Richard M Desing Phone 505-856-0608 1120 Marigold Dr NE AlbuquerqueNM 87122-1113
79th Fighter Group Mr. Edwin Newbould Phone941-574-7098 1206 SE 27th Ter Cape Coral,FL33904-5743
Woerpel, Don A Hostile Sky: The Mediterranean Airwar of the 79th Fighter Group This book is about the men of the 79th Fighter Group on the "forgotten" Mediterranean front in World War II. It tells who they were, what they did, and because it is set in the broader context of the entire conflict in that theater is shows how the war on the ground influenced their war in the air. The 79th spent much of its tour with the RAF's Desert Air Force in Tunisia, Sicily, and the "other side" of Italy - providing readers with an inside look at battles generally not well known to the American public - and also took part in the battle for Rome and the invasion of southern France. It racked up an enviable record. It destroyed hundreds of ground targets, led all Allied fighters in victories over both Pantelleria and Anzio, gave three destroyers the "deep six," and was the only fighter group to sink an aircraft carrier. 272 pp., over 200 b/w photos, color aircraft profiles, Large Format Hardback.
Lind, Ragnar G., ed. THE FALCON: COMBAT HISTORY OF THE 79TH FIGHTER GROUP, UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCES, 1942-1945. Munich, Bruckmann, 1946. 286 pp., illus. First edition, in very good condition, except that two small holes in title page have been repaired, front free endpaper is lacking, and cloth edges are worn on covers and spine. Very scarce.