Darr H. Alkire

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Darr Hayes Alkire
Born (1903-12-31)December 31, 1903
Fay, Nevada[1]
Died July 22, 1977(1977-07-22) (aged 73)
Place of Burial National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu [2]
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch United States Army Air Forces
United States Air Force
Years of service March 10, 1924-October 31, 1956[1]
Rank Brigadier General
Commands held 1937: 96th Bomb Squadron
1942: Second Bombardment Group
1942: 100th Bombardment Group
1943: 449th Bombardment Group
1954: Newark Transportation Control Depot
1954: 3101st Logistics Control Group[1]
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Air Force DSM, Silver Star
Relations 1927-8 marriage: Ruth Eleanor McKee (divorce), son Michael E Alkire (1927)
1930 marriage:[3] Alma Tate Robinson,[4] daughters Darrilyn Ann Alkire (1932) & Jacqueline Hayes Alkire (1934)

Brigadier General Darr Hayes Alkire was a pilot of the United States Army Air Corps in 1932,[5] the United States Army Air Forces (1941), and the United States Air Force (1947); and was the first commander of the World War II 100th Bombardment Group.[1] After his 19th B-24 Liberator mission,[6]:23 when the Lurchin Urchin[7] (41-29223)[8] crashed near Cervia,[9] he was a POW commander until April 4, 1945; then marched to Stalag Luft III where on April 27 he was the West Compound commander until liberated.[10]

Alkire crashed Douglas BT-2C #31-445 at Yorktown, Texas, on April 11, 1932,[11] and was piloting the "Maui Maid" (41-28623, named for his 2nd wife) which was the first 449th Bombardment Group B-24 to land in Italy [1] (at Grottaglie Airfield). The Maui Maid was scrapped for parts after a different crew struck an embankment.[12] In 1958, Alkire appeared on television in 1958 regarding the "Rocket Age."[13]

USAAF film of Lurchin Urchin[edit]

The United States Air Force filmed the Lurchin Urchin B-24 Liberator on the mission in which Colonel Alkire was shot down.[14]

References and notes[edit]

 This article incorporates public domain material from websites or documents of the United States Air Force.