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David F Castles


Shot down 12 May 1944 in B-17 #42-31504 'Rosie's Riveters'. Prisoner of War (POW).



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...

  • 418th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-31504 "ROSIE'S RIVETERS"

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 13/11/43; Kearney 28/11/43; Romulus 5/12/43; Presque Is 8/12/43; Assigned 350BS/100BG (LN-Q) Thorpe Abbotts 16/12/43; transferred 418BS [LD-E]; Missing in Action Brux 12/5/44 with Alex Kinder, Co-pilot: Theo Schmuck, Navigator: Dale...

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Prisoner of War (POW) Germany 12 May 1944

Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16


Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 19:21:15 jmoore43 Changes to service number and events

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

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 18:27:27 jmoore43 Changes to nickname

Added "Possible DUPLICATE" in the nickname field so an Admin can check out this person.

Date Contributor Update
31 March 2020 18:26:45 jmoore43 Changes to biography and aircraft associations

Added a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.
Added a connection to A/C #42-31504 listed in the "Summary biography".

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:07:01 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 4865