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Darr H Alkire


14 November 1942 to 26 March 1943 XFR First Commanding Officer of the 100th BG. He was relieved of his command with the 100th for alleged incompetence due to statements he made and sent to the 449th BG in Italy. He flew 11 combat missions, on his 12th mission he was shot down and became a Prisoner of War (POW). He was at Stalag Luft III where as ranking officer and Prisoner of War (POW), he had ended up in a position where he was again speaking to the men from the 100th.


Units served with

  • 100th Bomb Group

    100th Bomb Group

    "The Bloody Hundredth", so-called because of a reputation for losing a high number aircraft and crews, flew B-17s from Thorpe Abbotts, Norfolk. Their losses were not the highest of any Eighth Air Force Group but on several occasions the Group lost many...

  • 449th Bomb Group

    449th Bomb Group

    The group was constituted as 449th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 6 April 1943 and activated on 1 May at Davis-Monthan Field, Arizona.[2] its original components were the 716th,[3] 717th,[4] 718th,[5] and 719th Bombardment Squadrons.[6] ...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron
  • 717th Bomb Squadron

Associated Place

  • Thorpe Abbotts

    Military site : airfield
    Home of the 'Bloody Hundredth’, a Bomb Group with a reputation for high casualty rates, Thorpe Abbotts was under USAAF control from June 1943 to the end of the war. Some of the airfield survives today, and the control tower houses the 100th Bomb Group...

  • Grottaglie

    Military site : airfield


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 31 January 1944

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


Date Contributor Update
29 September 2020 22:20:59 jmoore43 Changes to unit associations and place associations

Added a unit connection to the 15th AF and 717th BS and a connection to the AFB per MACR 2403 at

Date Contributor Update
29 September 2020 22:04:09 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events

Added a S/N and a POW event per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2020 15:57:35 Emily Changes to role, unit associations and place associations

100th Bomb Group Unit History at Bangor Public Library

Date Contributor Update
22 June 2018 06:34:31 cfinney Changes to media associations

Entry from Parker Finney's POW Diary.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:06:56 AAM AAM ingest

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