Darby, Wilbur Smith, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1952, 6147th Tactical Air Control Group
Service Years
1942 - 1952
Officer Collar Insignia
Captain

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Home State
New Jersey
New Jersey
Year of Birth
1918
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Maplewood and/or Elizabeth, New Jersey
Last Address
Pyeongtaek Airfield (K-6), South Korea

Casualty Date
Oct 24, 1952
 
Cause
Hostile, Died
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Korea
Conflict
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Cemetery Unknown

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
	6148th Tactical Air Control Squadron	6147th Tactical Air Control Group
  1951-1952, 6148th Tactical Air Control Squadron
  1951-1952, 6147th Tactical Air Control Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1943-1944 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1952-1952 Korean War
 Colleges Attended 
Rutgers University
  1936-1940, Rutgers University
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  LT-6 Mosquito  
  1943-1945, B-24 Liberator
  1951-1952, LT-6 Mosquito
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He and his back-seater, Sgt Ray L. Servatius, had just been observing bombing results when their aircraft was hit by enemy ground fire and crashed. Sgt Servatius was able to bail out, was captured, and survived the war; but Capt. Darby was killed when the aircraft impacted the ground.
The AFROTC detachment at Rutgers University is named for him.
The disposition and location of his remains are unknown.
   
Comments/Citation
His Silver Star citation:
Awarded for actions during the Korean War
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Captain Wilbur Smith Darby (AFSN: 12895A), United States Air Force, for gallantry in action against an armed enemy of the United Nations as a Forward Air Controller, 6147th Tactical Control Group, FIFTH Air Force, on 7 October 1952. At the start of a combat operation near Chorwon, Korea, Captain Darby established his Tactical Air Control Party in a forward bunker. During the entire period of the battle this area was subjected to heavy enemy bombardment. On 7 October 1952 the remote system which had been established from the radio jeeps to the bunker failed. At this time, voluntarily and with complete disregard for his personal safety, Captain Darby stationed himself in an exposed radio jeep, and for three days, with the battle at the height of its intensity, continued to direct close air support strikes from his exposed position. By his high personal courage in the face of enemy fire and his exemplary devotion to duty, Captain Darby was instrumental in the success of United Nations operations in that area, and reflected great credit upon himself, the Far East Air Forces, and the United States Air Force.
General Orders: Headquarters, Far East Air Forces, General Orders No. 660 (December 31, 1952)
Action Date: October 7, 1952
Service: Air Force
Rank: Captain
Battalion: 6148th Tactical Control Squadron
Regiment: 6147th Tactical Air Control Group

Sources:
Enlistment record
https://www.abmc.gov/node/513894?search=korea#.W9IcNS-ZNOI
https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/46535
 

 
   
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