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
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,...
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...
|Prisoner of War (POW)
||15 May 1943