Shot down 17 August 1943 in B-17 #42-2990 'Dame Satan', Prisoner of War (POW).
Carlyle Darling had actually volunteered for the Schweinfurt mission of 17th August 1943 and was a replacement navigator on 'Dame Satan' when she was shot down. When he bailed out somewhere north of Brussels he was picked up by two men 'communiste' who took him to a shed and fed and clothed him. Several days later he was moved on to stay with a family where he and his tail gunner helped with the chores and remained for some weeks. It was then decided to move the men to France and they were sheltered by a family near Amiens for one more week. It was planned for the group of evaders to be picked up by a transport plane but it never arrived and the men were instead put on a train for Paris. Carlyle was constantly moved around - often for only a day or two at a time - and still at liberty in April 1944. One time he stayed at a rectory where the priest wore a .45 strapped beneath his cassock. One morning - as he was preparing to be guided to the Spanish border - Germans arrived at the house where he was staying. Thirteen other American airmen had been picked up that day, all betrayed by someone in the Resistance. He was eventually sent to Stalag Luft 1 near Stuttgart where the other American detainees took him for a spy - being in civilian clothes and wouldn't talk to him until the Red Cross supplied him with a uniform. When the war in Europe came to an end he was in Stalag Luft 11.
Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Operator | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
Sgt Victor Ciganek was assigned to the 91st Bomb Group 322nd Squadron based at Bassingbourn. Victor served as radio operator on the B-17 #42-3119 "Destiny's Tot" on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. Upon returning the B-17 ditched into the North Sea...
Military | Lieutenant | Pilot | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
Shot down 26 July 1943 in B-17 #42-3119. Plane ditched in North Sea. Returned to base.
Military | Staff Sergeant | Right Waist Gunner | 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars
Sgt Gerald Tucker (whose first name is often misspelled Gerold) was Right Waist Gunner on B-17 #42-3119 when it was shot down on the Hamburg mission of 26 July 1943. The plane ditched in the North Sea and all ten crew were saved and returned to base.
Units served with
The 91st Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated at Harding Field, Louisiana on 15-April-1942 and went to MacDill Field, Florida for the first phase of training from 16-May-1942 to 25-June-1942. The Group was then assigned to 2nd Air Force at Walla...
B-17 Flying Fortress
Assigned 322BS/91BG [LG-R] West Palm Beach 14/12/42; Bassingbourn 10/1/43; Missing in Action 11+m Schweinfurt 17/8/43 with Pilot Jack A. Hargis; Ball turret gunner: Starr A. Tucker (2 Killed in Action); Navigator: Carlyle H. Darling; Bombardier: Edward...
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||17 August 1943
Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11