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Darrell Edson Longley

Military

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak Crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD

Awards: PH, WWII Victory, EAME.

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People

  • Lloyd Jackson

    Military | Staff Sergeant (3rd Grade) | Gunner | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Martyniak crew. On mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 #42-97238 'Our Captain'; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Re-assigned to Houston crew. On first...

  • John Martyniak

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 381st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF. Pilot on mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17 42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage, rescued by ASR. RTD Awards: DFC, AM, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 381st Bomb Group

    381st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 381st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Ridgewell, Essex between June 1943 and April 1945. The Group was awarded two Distinguished Unit Citations, the first for bombing shipyards at Bremen, whilst under heavy attack, on 8 October 1943 and...

  • 534th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-97238 'Our Captain'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 10/2/44; Kearney 25/2/44; Presque Is 22/3/44; Assigned 534BS/381BG [GD-I] Ridgewell 6/4/44; Missing in Action 3m Kerlin-Bastard, Fr 8/6/44 with John Martyniak, Co-pilot: Dick Kellum, Navigator: Jim Manion, Bombardier: Ray Stewart,...

Missions

  • 400

    8 June 1944
    Mission #7 - Bombed the railway yards in Tours, France. Long ride (7 hours).

Associated Place

  • Ridgewell

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1941-42 as an RAF bomber station, Ridgewell operated as a satellite to RAF Stradishall until May 1943. It had three concrete runways, initially 36 pan hardstandings, and two dispersed T2 hangars. Taken over by the Eighth Air Force in June...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Wallowa County, OR 5 December 1923

Son of Edson James and Anna Elizabeth [Bird] Longley.

Enlisted Spokane, WA 16 February 1943

Spokane, Washington

Based Ridgewell 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 534BS, 381BG, 8AF USAAF.

Ditching RTD 30 miles W of Jersey 8 June 1944

Mission to Kerlin-Bastard, France 8-Jun-44 in B-17
42-97238; Ditched in channel 30 miles W of Jersey due to flak damage RTD

Discharged USAAF 17 September 1945

Honourable discharge.

Buried Enterprise Cemetery, Enterprise, OR 20 May 1998

Enterprise Cemetery
Enterprise,
Wallowa County, OR
Wagner Section, Lot 028, Grave 11

Died Halfway, OR 14 June 1998

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 May 2019 09:23:57 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, biography, events and mission associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/73379303-darrell-e-longley
https://www.fold3.com/record/91033796-darrell-e-longley
https://www.fold3.com/image/189967637?rec=189967696
https://www.fold3.com/record/621056542-darrell-longley-1923
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/45132449/darrell-edson-longley

Date Contributor Update
13 May 2019 21:23:35 Al_Skiff Changes to highest rank, person associations, unit associations and place associations
Sources

Key Image ID.

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

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / www.381st.org/UnitHistory/Data/Roster.aspx

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