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Lorin Albert Wolfe

Military

Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bernburg in B-17 42-31612 22-Feb-44; shot down by flak, crew baled out and pilot made a wheels up landing near Aachen. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2657

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

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  • William Ritzema

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 351st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 510BS, 351BG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) Bernburg in B-17 42-31612 22-Feb-44; shot down by flak, crew baled out and pilot made a wheels up landing near Aachen. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2657 Awards: AM, GC, POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 351st Bomb Group

    351st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 351st Bomb Group flew strategic bombing missions from their base at Polebrook, Northamptonshire from April 1943 to June 1945. The Group's most famous member was Hollywood actor Clark Gable, who flew four/ five missions with them as an observer...

  • 510th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31612

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Mid Continental Airways Modification Center, Denver 28/11/43; Kearney 17/12/43; Syracuse 2/1/44; Presque Is 4/1/44; ...

Associated Place

  • Polebrook

    Military site : airfield
    Polebrook was laid down for RAF Bomber Command use in 1940-1941. Built by George Wimpey and Co. Ltd, it had short runways which were lengthened for USAAF heavy bomber use. The RAF used the base for operational trials - including of B-17 Flying...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Long Beach, California, USA 17 October 1916

Son of Lorin Orville and Minnie Wolffe.

Enlisted Los Angeles, CA 17 December 1942

Los Angeles, California

Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 22 February 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Discharged USAAF 5 December 1945

Honourable discharge.

Died 28 January 1988
Buried Forest Lawn Memorial Park Long Beach, Los Angeles County, CA February 1988

Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Long Beach,
Los Angeles County, California

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
09 October 2021 19:12:55 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28615377
https://www.fold3.com/image/631558625
https://www.fold3.com/record/77648642/lorin-a-wolfe-social-security-deat...
https://www.fold3.com/record/90898336/lorin-a-wolfe-wwii-army-enlistment...
https://www.fold3.com/record/619242685/lorin-wolfe-1916-veterans-affairs...
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/142814716/lorin-a-wolfe

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:19:04 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2657 / MACR 2657, Losses of the 8th & 9th Air Forces / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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