Darr H. Alkire
|Darr Hayes Alkire|
December 31, 1903|
|Died||July 22, 1977
|Place of Burial||National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific, Honolulu |
|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|
|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
|Battles/wars||World War II
|Awards||Air Force DSM, Silver Star|
|Relations||1927-8 marriage: Ruth Eleanor McKee (divorce), son Michael E Alkire (1927)
1930 marriage: Alma Tate Robinson, 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, 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. After his 19th B-24 Liberator mission,:23 when the Lurchin Urchin (41-29223) crashed near Cervia, 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.
Alkire crashed Douglas BT-2C #31-445 at Yorktown, Texas, on April 11, 1932, 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  (at Grottaglie Airfield). The Maui Maid was scrapped for parts after a different crew struck an embankment. In 1958, Alkire appeared on television in 1958 regarding the "Rocket Age."
USAAF film of Lurchin Urchin
References and notes
- US Air Force Military Biographies, Annual. 2004. Retrieved 2010-11-20.
- http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=3768119 Find A Grave]
- Accident Report Archived 2012-08-28 at the Wayback Machine.
- Military Standard
- United States Army Air Forces
- Article Archived 2012-08-28 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Movie for the crew of the B24 bomber piloted by Col. Darr H. Alkire, January 31, 1944 crashed off the coast of Cervia" (GuitarSolos.com video). (also Video on YouTube)