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1915 1
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Briar Hill Cemetrey with wife Ann 2
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Robert Stanley Carroll, B-24 (Heavy) out of England, WW II
Robert Stanley Carroll, B-24 (Heavy) out of England, WW II
Robert Stanley Carroll, B-24 (Heavy) 384thBG, 544th BS
Robert Stanley Carroll, B-24 (Heavy) 384thBG, 544th BS
B-17 Heavy of the 8th Air Force - 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squad.
B-17 Heavy of the 8th Air Force - 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squad.
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
This PORTRAIT Photo of Lt R "Stanley" Carroll looks to have been taken while he was on R & R ...either Capri or Cannes France.
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
B-17 Pilot, Lt R Stanley Carroll, in England posing just before or after a Mission. 1943-44.
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R Stanley Carroll after the War at home in the USA (Check out that tie !)
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot with his Friend pointing out at the shy before a Mission out of England.
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
June Carroll (Waldrip) with her brother, Lt Robert "Stanley" Carroll. Looks to be at their home, or home town.
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
B-17 CREW of the "Sugar Puss" in July, 1944, in England....and info or names, Please advise us :)
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
B-17 Combat CREW Members, the 384th Bomb Group, B-17 Heavies out of England. Who am I ? Please let us know if you recognize someone.
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Left) is __ Sears and R) Bennett
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
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Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
In England, This it (TOP) Lt R. Stanley Carroll with his two Friends (Names Unknown).
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
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Lt R. Stanley Carrol was CP to Lt Clarence Chistman, KIA 25 July'43 /Shot-Down.
Lt R. Stanley Carrol was CP to Lt Clarence Chistman, KIA 25 July'43 /Shot-Down.
Lt Stanley Carroll (CP) and his Pilot Lt Clarence Chistman were last out of the stricken B-17 but Lt Chistman did not clear the ship and was killed instantly. Of the 10 man Crew, 5 died and 5 landed safely but were POWS until the end of the War.
Lt Robert "Stanley" Carroll, B-17 Heavy Pilot, 384thBG
Lt Robert "Stanley" Carroll, B-17 Heavy Pilot, 384thBG

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Also known as:
"STANLEY" 2
Person:
Robert S Carroll 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Married 1
Birth:
1915 1
Death:
29 Apr 1997 2
Briar Hill Cemetrey with wife Ann 2
Cause: Complications from surgery 2
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Place: Washington County, Mississippi 1
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World War II 1

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Army 1
Enlistment Date:
23 Mar 1942 1
Army Branch:
Medical Administrative Corps - For Officers only 1
Army Serial Number:
14076467 1
Enlistment Place:
Greenville Aaf Mississippi 1
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Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
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Civil Life 1
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Clerks, general office 1
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Box Number: 0154 1
Film Reel Number: 2.11 1

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Robert Stanley Carroll, 8th AF, 384thBG, 544thBS (B-17 HEAVY)

England

David B Waldrip's Dad/Caley B Waldrip served in the 9th AF, 391st Bomb Group and the 575thBS, B-26 Medium Bombers "Marauders" out of England/France.

David Waldrip's (Uncle) Robert Stanley Carroll was born in 1915 in Mississippi, Entered the AAC 23 March, 1942 ...from Washington County, Mississippi and entered at Greenville Army Air Base, Miss.   He had completed 4 years of High School and was already married.  He was accepted directly into the Air Corp.

David's Uncle "Robert Stanley Carroll" served in the 8th Air Force - 384th Bomb Group, 544th Bomb Squad was stationed at a town and field north of London called Grafton-Underwood.  There is an Anglican Church in that town today that has the most beautiful memorial gothic window.  It depicts a B-17 crossing over the Dover Clifts and is embellished with American and British flags with a dove above.

And another Uncle, R Laseter Waldrip, was KIA 5 July, 1943, with the 321stBG,447thBS, B-25 Mitchells in the MTO, Shot-Down over the Target, Gerbini, Italy *****************************

The 384th Bomb Group (HEAVY)

 The 384th Bombardment Group, flying B-17 aircraft, flew 316 combat missions over Europe during World War II as part of the Mighty 8th Air Force's strategic bombing campaign against Nazi Germany. This website honors and preserves the record of the 384th.

The 384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated on 1 December 1942, at Gowen Field, Idaho. Training commenced at Wendover, Utah, on 2 January 1943, and continued there through 1 April 1943. The unit then moved to Sioux City, Iowa, for final training. The ground unit left for Camp Kilmer, New Jersey on 9 May 1943, sailing on the Queen Elizabeth on 27 May 1943, arriving in Greenock, Scotland on 2 June 1943. The aircrews left Sioux City with their new B-17Fs for Kearney, Nebraska on 3 May 1943, and then continued to the United Kingdom via Bangor, Maine, Goose Bay, Labrador, and Gander, Newfoundland. One B-17 ditched in the Atlantic but the crew was rescued. The first aircraft arrived in England on 25 May 1943.

The 384th established its home at Grafton Underwood Airfield, Station 106, Northamptonshire, England. Combat training continued through June, and the group flew its first operational mission on 22 June 1943. Between 22 June 1943, and 25 April 1945, the 384th flew 316 missions, 9,348 sorties, and dropped 22,415 tons of bombs on targets in Germany, France, Poland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, and Holland, becoming one of the most heavily decorated Air Force Groups during WWII. Enemy aircraft accounted for by the 384th included 165 aircraft destroyed, another 34 probable, and 116 damaged. The 384th dropped the last bombs of the 8th Air Force in WWII. Interestingly, the first and last combat missions flown by the 8th Air Force during World War II were flown from Grafton Underwood Airfield.

Combat losses were a fact of life from the very first mission. A loss on the second mission led to the Group's motto. A B-17 piloted by Major Selden L McMillin - the Group Deputy CO, known as "Major Mac" - was shot down. They managed to make a crash landing in Holland, but the crew was taken prisoner. Soon after, Colonel Peaslee received a postcard from Major Mac telling him to "KEEP THE SHOW ON THE ROAD". The 384th adopted this as their motto, and so it remains to this day

The Group lost 159 B-17s and 1625 men, of whom 1579 men were lost on combat missions. Combat aircrews considered themselves very lucky if they survived their missions, becoming members of the "Happy Warriors Club" as a result. Sometimes a single B-17 in a formation was subjected to dozens of ME-109s or FW-190 German fighter attacks. At times the anti-aircraft FLAK was described as, "So Thick You Could Get Out And Walk On It".

The men of the Group earned three Distinguished Service Crosses; fifteen Silver Stars; over 1000 Distinguished Flying Crosses; hundreds of Purple Hearts; and over 5000 Air Medals. In addition, six ground crew members were awarded the Legion of Merit, and others received the Bronze Star. For the Group's efforts they received Distinguished Unit Citations for missions flown on 11 January 1944 and on 24 April 1944.

 

WWII COMMAND ASSIGNMENTS

8th Bomber Command, 1st Bomb Wing : June 1943

8th Bomber Command, 1st Bomb Division, 41st Combat Bomb Wing: 13 Sep 1943

8th Air Force, 1st Bomb Division, 41st Combat Bomb Wing: 8 Jan 1944

8th Air Force, 1st Air Division, 41st Combat Bomb Wing: 1 Jan 1945

POST-WAR HISTORY

With the cessation of hostilities in May 1945, the 384th become involved in The Green Project, which was an effort to transport US soldiers back to the USA as soon as possible. The group left Grafton-Underwood, England, and relocated to Istres, France, shuttling building supplies, personnel, and civilians across the European continent. The 384th was Inactivated in France on 28 February 1946.

Lt R Stanley Carroll, Pilot (part of the Waldrip/Laseter Family)

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Lt R. Stanley Carroll, B-17 Pilot
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Details to the "Lt. Robert "STANLEY" Carroll, B-17, Shot Down 25 July, 1943 as told by Nephew David Waldrip  (David's Dad, Caley flew B-26's out of England) and David's Uncle (his Dad's brother) R Laseter Waldrip was KIA 5 July, 1943, B-25's /MTO, Shot-down over Target) 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squadron.

David B Waldrip's Dad/Caley B Waldrip served in the 9th AF, 391st Bomb Group and the 575thBS, B-26 Medium Bombers "Marauders" out of England/France.

David Waldrip's (Uncle) Robert Stanley Carroll was born in 1915 in Mississippi, Entered the AAC 23 March, 1942 ...from Washington County, Mississippi and entered at Greenville Army Air Base, Miss.   He had completed 4 years of High School and was already married.  He was accepted directly into the Air Corp.

Very SAD Day for the 384thBG, 25 July, 1943 (PLEASE see the Pilot Lt Clarence "CHRIS" Christman's page, the LINK is under the MAP to the Left)

Feb. 2010;    Thanks once again for creating the album on footnote for my uncle Robert Stanley Carroll.  I am attaching a few photos that might add to his page.  His crew was shot down July 25, 1943 on what was the first day of a weeklong mission to firebomb Hamburg, Germany.  His ship was  42-3088 "Sugar Puss". Of the ten man crew, five survived and five were killed.  The pilot, Clarence Christman, was died when he caught a prop while bailing out.  He and my uncle were the last to bail from the plane.  The mission was a costly one for the 384th.  Seven of the 21 ships did not return to Grafton-Underwood that day.  My uncle was among a group of captured airmen that was taken to the rail yards in Hamburg that afternoon.  A group of vigilantes began to form with the intention of hanging the captured Americans.  They were saved when the the air raid sirens began to wail and the crowd scattered.  The British were coming. My uncle was sent to Stalag Luft III in what is now Poland.  This is the same prisoner of war camp where the "Great Escape" took place.  He was located in another of the four sectors of the camp.  On the night of Jan. 27, 1945 the Russian troops had moved to within 16 miles of the camp, they could hear the artillery in the distance.  Hitler ordered the prisoners moved to Moosburg (Stalag Luft VIIA) and thus began the famous death march.  They had 30 minutes to prepare for the 200 mile march to Moosburg in sub zero weather.  Many died along the way and some rode on the death carts just to survive.  They did ride the train rails part of the way , stacked in cattle cars.  The conditions at Moosburg were horrible.  130,000 prisoners were located there as the Third Reich crumbled and there was little food and housing and absolutely no sanitation.  The American troops of General Patton's Army liberated the camp on April 29, 1945 and the General himself made an appearance two days later but my uncle was long gone.  He and a buddy had borrowed a car in Munich and were headed to Paris.  He was going home.  The effects of nearly two years in a prisoner of war camp never left him.  It was with him all of his life.  In a touch of irony, there was a prisoner of war camp for Germans in Greenville, MS and my grandmother would bake and carry things to the prisoners there in hopes that some German mother was doing the same for her son.  Of course that did not happen but she even got one of her preachers and organized religious services for the prisoners.  It was a different time.  
     I am including a picture of his pilot, Clarence Chistman,(KIA) my uncle was the co-pilot. Another photo is of 2nd LT V.B. Bennett (KIA) and 2nd LT William Sears (POW).  Sears is wearing the leather jacket.  They were members of his crew.  Thanks again Barbi.  My mother will be very excited.

R Stanley Carroll

France

 

From David B Waldrip about another Family member that Served and died in Service to his Country. France, WW I  "The Great War"

 On the Stanley side of the family I have a great uncle Willie or Will Stanley who died in France during WWI and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.  He was not a combat death but was a victim of the great flu epidemic that took so many lives during the final stages of that war.

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