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Dennis James McDarby

Military

Shot down 14 October 1943 in B-17 #423436. Prisoner of War (POW).

Dennis McDarby was born March 30th 1923, graduated from Auburn High School in 1942 and from the University of St. Louis in St. Louis. Mr. McDarby was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, serving as a lieutenant and a pilot during World War II. He was a member of the 305 Bomb Group.

He fractured his ankle while baling out on October 14. 1943 (MACR 1034).
Mrs Marilyn Walton: “Dennis McDarby was one of my father’s roommates at Stalag Luft III – South Compound, Barracks 128, room 15.” From an interview with Mr McDarby Mrs Walton learned that he went to Mass before every mission, and that a French priest (Father Goudreau from Quebec) in camp had Mass when he was there and on Holy Days. He also told Mrs Walton that in the POW camp, they had two bridge tables always going. He said my father - Mr Jeffers - was not good at bridge. Also poker was played a lot.”

Mr McDarby was liberated at Stalag VII-A near Moosburg, but spent most of his POW days at Stalag Luft III in Sagan, Germany.

He was one of the many US pilots who force marched 52-miles in January 1945 to Spremberg, Germany, and loaded onto overcrowded, filthy, boxcars. From there the Americans were taken to Stalag VII A in Moosburg, Germany, where he and many other POWs were liberated on April 29. 1945.

He was a life member of the American Legion and 8th Air Force Historical Society and died May 22nd 2006 in Morristown - Shelby County, Indiana. He is buried at Asbury Cemetery.

More see http://home.kpn.nl/slang075/wim-slangen/Donald-P-Breeden.html

Service

Units served with

  • 305th Bomb Group Can Do

    305th Bomb Group Can Do

    Group
    The 305th Bombardment Group (Heavy), nicknamed "Can Do" was activated 1-March-1942 at Salt Lake City Air Base, Utah which was their primary training base until 11-Jun-1942 when they relocated to Geiger Field, Washington until 29-Jun-1942, then on to...

  • 364th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-3436 No nick name known

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 15/6/43; Redmond 15/8/43; Assigned 96BG 16/8/43; transferred 364BS/305BG [WF-R] Chelveston 18/9/43; ...

Missions

  • VIII Bomber Command 109 with RAF

    4 October 1943
    3 B-17s from 305BG/422BS are despatched to join a night mission with the Royal Air Force (RAF) on Frankfurt-am-Main/Wiesbaden, Germany. One aircraft Failed to Return (FTR) 5KIA 5POW.

  • VIII Bomber Command 111

    8 October 1943
    The shipyards and industrial areas of Bremen, Germany are the primary targets for this mission, but cloud cover causes some formations to bomb targets of opportunity. The attacking elements have been summarized below: ...

  • VIII Bomber Command 113

    9 October 1943
    This mission is composed of 6 elements. The first element is a combined force of 115 B-17s from: 303BG (20); 379BG (20); 384BG (21); 351BG (21); 91BG 16; and 381BG (16) dispatched to bomb the industrial areas of Anklam, Germany. 106 aircraft are...

  • VIII Bomber Command 114

    10 October 1943
    This mission was intended to be a massive attack of 307 B-17s on the railroad facilities and waterway (canals) at Munster, Germany. This attack was to be supported by a diversion 39 B-24s. The formation was attacked by hundreds of German fighters which...

  • VIII Bomber Command 115

    14 October 1943
    This was the 2nd mission flown against the ball bearing industry at Schweinfurt, Germany and was as equally disastrous as that flown on 17-Aug-43. It came to be known as "Black Thursday". While fighter escort was dispatched, bad weather and lack of...

Associated Place

  • Chelveston

    Military site : airfield
    Chelveston was adapted and expanded in preparation for the arrival of American forces. Rather than heavy bombers, the first aircraft to fly from its runways were C-47 Skytrains that were flown by the 60th Troop Carrier Group in July 1942. The first...

Events

Event Location Date
Born St Louis, Missouri 30 March 1923
POW Stalag Luft III in Sagan Żagań, Polen 14 October 1943

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
24 April 2018 15:50:07 wimhm.slangen Changes to biography
Sources

Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2016 13:45:01 wimhm.slangen Changes to mission associations
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Wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2016 13:23:10 wimhm.slangen Changes to events
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wim Slangen

Date Contributor Update
31 October 2016 13:15:33 wimhm.slangen Changes to middlename, biography, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations
Sources

Wim Slangen - Photo from Fields of Honor - Auburn High School yearbook 1941.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:15 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 1034

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