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Carlyle H Darling

Military

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.

Service

People

  • Victor Ciganek

    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...

  • Jack Hargis

    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. ...

  • Gerald Tucker

    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. ...

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Units served with

  • 91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    91st Bomb Group The Ragged Irregulars

    Group
    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...

  • 322nd Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-2990 Dame Satan

    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...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 17 August 1943

Stalag Luft 3 Sagan-Silesia Bavaria (Moved to Nuremberg-Langwasser) 49-11

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2021 19:52:12 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Removed punctuation in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity.

Date Contributor Update
01 August 2021 19:48:34 jmoore43 Changes to service number, events and place associations
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Added POW Camp info to the POW event and a S/N from WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).
Added an association to Stalag Luft 3 per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
20 February 2021 19:39:57 jmoore43 Changes to biography
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Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
12 February 2020 11:19:10 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, events and place associations
Sources

Biography completed by historian Helen Millgate. Information sourced from newsletters of the 91st Bomb Group related to the service of Carlyle Darling.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:12 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 277 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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