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Earle W Carlow

Military

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to return from fighter sweep of Southern France. A/C P-51B #43-6639 hit by flak while strafing airfield and crashed SE of La Rochelle on a sweep of the Bordeaux area 21-Mar-44. Baled out and captured POW. Later escaped and returned to duty POW/ EVD/ RTD.

Service

Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...

Aircraft

  • 43-6639

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to return from fighter sweep to southern France. Hit by flak in the coolant system while strafing airfield and crashed SE of La Rochelle on a sweep of the Bordeaux area on 21-Mar-44. Pilot Lt Earle Carlow baled...

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Maine, USA 29 July 1920
Lived in Skowhegan, ME 04976, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 22 January 1943 – 21 March 1944

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK February 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Shot down La Rochelle, France 21 March 1944

Failed to return from fighter sweep of Southern France. A/C P-51B #43-6639 hit by flak while strafing airfield and crashed SE of La Rochelle on a sweep of the Bordeaux area 21-Mar-44. Baled out and captured POW. Later escaped and returned to duty POW/ EVD/ RTD.

Prisoner Of War [POW]. France 21 March 1944 – 7 May 1944

Baled out and captured POW.

Escaped/returned to duty Spain 7 May 1944 – 10 June 1944

Escaped and returned to duty EVD/ RTD.

Based 4 August 1944

Assigned to 5th ERS AT bOXTED

Died Skowhegan, ME 04976, USA 23 February 1987
Buried Skowhegan, ME 04976, USA March 1987

East Skowhegan Cemetery
Skowhegan
Somerset County
Maine, USA.

Enlisted

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2016 16:46:45 Richard Boxted Changes to events
Sources

FROM 5TH ers history

Date Contributor Update
13 October 2016 16:42:40 Richard Boxted Changes to events
Sources

from 5th ers history

Date Contributor Update
21 April 2016 11:49:04 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events and unit associations
Sources

http://www.aviationarchaeology.com/src/dbmacr.asp?MACR=3378&Submit=Go
https://www.fold3.com/image/28635532
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Carlow&GSfn=Earle&...

Date Contributor Update
21 March 2015 21:50:54 apollo11 Changes to highest rank, role, events and place associations
Sources

Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:08:02 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 3378 / MACR 3378, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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