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Lawrence E Wolfe


Shot down 15 May 1943 in B-17 #4229677 'Battlin B. ' Plane crashed into North Sea. Wolfe was supposed to be on leave. Burned and with a parachute weakened by fire inside the plane, he somehow landed safely enough to be picked up by a German boat. He was hospitalized for 6 weeks then moved to Stalag Luft 3. He flew on Alden Mann crew. He completed 4 missions.
52 years later at a ceremony at March AFB CA - and thanks to the efforts of his co-pilot's widow - Lawrence got his Purple Heart.


Units served with

  • 306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    306th Bomb Group The Reich Wreckers

    Constituted as 306th Bombardment Group (Heavy) on 28 Jan 1942. Activated on 1 Mar 1942. Trained for combat with B-17's. Moved to England, Aug-Sep 1942, and assigned to Eighth AF Eighth Air Force in September 1942 Station 111 Thurleigh. During combat,...

  • 367th Bomb Squadron


  • 42-29677 BATTLIN' B

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 2/2/43; Walker 27/2/43; Salina 10/3/43; Presque Is 8/4/43; Stephenville, Nfd, 12/4/43; Assigned 96BG Grafton Underwood 18/4/43; transferred 367BS/306BG [GY- ] Thurleigh 20/4/43; Missing in Action Heligoland 15/5/43 with Alden...


Event Location Date
Born Maryland
Prisoner of War (POW) 15 May 1943


Date Contributor Update
28 December 2020 11:23:37 Helen Changes to biography

306th Echoes Oct '95

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:13 AAM AAM ingest

306th BG Association Directory, 1 September 1999 Edition; Roll of Honor, MACR 16059 Losses of the 8th & 9th AFs Vol. I p. 121 by Bishop and Hey, First Over Germany pp. 114-5 by Russell Strong , NARA POW database, / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 16060 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database