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Ashcroft, Darrell Junior

Rank and Name, Aviation Radioman Second Class Darrell Junior Ashcroft.

Unit/Placed in, Patrol Bombing Squadron VB-106, United States Navy.


Darrell is born approx. on 6 February, 1925 in Clarksburg, West Virginia.

Father, Terry M. Ashcraft.

Mother, Bessie J. (Watson) Ashcraft.

Sister(s), Genevieve V. Ashcraft.

Brother(s), Delmer W. Ashcraft.


Darrell enlisted the service in West Virginia with service number # 8290680.


Darrell ‘s Crew-members and their position on-board the plane a PB4Y-2 Privateer were,

Lt Cmd.       Green C. Goodloe              Pilot

Ensign         Edward F. Conroy             Co Pilot

Ensign         Norman S. Smith             Navigator

AMM1c.       Almon E. KreugerJ.

AOM1c.        Robin B. Okon

ARM1c.        Adolph Hernandez

ARM2c.        Darrell J. Ashcroft

AMM2c.       Henry L. Devasier

AMM3c.       Neal J. Kay

AMM3c.       Gerald G. Greenwood

ARM3c.        Gordon F. Blakesley

Darrell was KIA on the Mission when their Engine #1 was shot and try to Fly to Rangoon Base, but they never arrived on 14 June 1945, he is honored with an Distinguished Flying Cross,  Air Medal with 5 gold Stars, Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Good Conduct Medal, Expeditionary Medal, American Campaign Medal, Navy & Marine Presidential Unit Citation, Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal.


Darrell is buried/mentioned at Manila American Cemetery and Memorial Manila, Metro Manila, National Capital Region, Philippines.

Walls of the missing.


Thanks to, http://navalaviationfoundation.org/ways-to-give/national-flight-log/squadron-flight-log-entry/?id=16


Jean Louis Vijgen, WW2-Pacific Website.

Air Force Info, Rolland Swank.

ABMC Website, https://abmc.gov

Navy Info, http://navylog.navymemorial.org

POW Info, http://www.mansell.com    Dwight Rider and Wes injerd.

Family Info, https://www.familysearch.org

Marines Info, https://missingmarines.com/    Geoffrey Roecker

Info, https://www.pacificwrecks.com/

Medals Info, https://www.honorstates.org


Philippine Info, http://www.philippine-scouts.org/

Find a Grave, https://www.findagrave.com

Patrol Bombing Squadron 106 (VB-106)
PB4Y-2 Privateer
His rank Aviation Radioman Second Class