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Darrell Keith Stoyke

Military

Lt. Darrell K. Stoyke '44Ex, Lightning fighter pilot previously reported missing in action August 19 over France, was killed on that date according to word received here recently. Lt. Stoyke is credited with destroying one Nazi plane and another probably. He has been awarded the Air Medal with two oak leaf clusters. Lt. Stoyke entered the air forces in March, 1943 and went over seas last June.

Service

Units served with

  • 14th Fighter Group

    14th Fighter Group

    Group
    The 14th Fighter Group (USAAF) was a P-38 Lightning Group that fought in Tunisia and the Italian campaign, as well as providing bomber escorts for attacks across southern Europe. ...

  • 37th Fighter Squadron

    37th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 37th conducted air defense in the northwestern U.S. between 7 and 24 December 1941 then went on to fly combat missions in the European Theater of Operations and the Mediterranean Theater of Operations from 6 May 1943 to 4 May 1945. ...

Associated Place

Events

Event Location Date
Born Buffalo, Minnesota 19 June 1922
Enlisted Minneapolis, MN July 1943
Died Eyguieres, France 19 August 1944

On May 8, 2004, the town of Eyguieres held a commemorative ceremony to dedicate a war memorial for Darrell Stoyke. The following text is an excerpt from a brochure regarding the event:

From the Mayor
On this anniversary of May 8th, 1945, the date the allied forces obtained the surrender of Nazi Germany, the village of Eyguieres would like to remember the young american pilot Darrell Keith Stoyke. He was not born to be a hero yet he gave his life to liberate our country.
More than an act of memory, this is our heritage that we need to preserve for future generations. A heritage of values on which we need to build a patriotism that is open and welcoming in preparing for a future that is both more generous and brotherly.
True to this remembrance, l'Association Rhodanienne pour le Souvenir Aerien has given us their assistance.
From this date onward, the sacrifice of Darrell Keith Stoyke will not be forgotten. Even without knowing him, passers-by will read his name on our war memorial and will keep the memory of this american soldier alive, who died for the liberation of France on the 19th of August, 1944, on the fields of Eyguieres

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
07 February 2019 01:55:35 466thHistorian Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2238&h=16330125...
http://www.findagrave.com/memorial/113772407/darrell-keith-stoyke

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