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Roland Lorenzen Wolfe


Entered WW II through the RCAF into the RAF, flying with the 133 [Eagle] Squadron, while flying a Spitfire on a convoy patrol, suffered engine failure and baled out, landing in Eire, 13 miles from his base, was picked up by the Irish army and interned in Eire as they were a neutral. Sent to a camp Nr Dublin. He tried multiple escapes each time being returned to internment due to political pressures and finally on his eighth try with the US in the war and the political situation much changed he succeeded. He escaped to England via Belfast. There he joined the USAAF and was assigned to the 82nd FS, 78th FG, 8AF in 3-44 with whom he remained till 9-9-44. He was flight commander for C-flight in 1944.

He later served as a pilot in Korea and Vietnam, and died in Florida in 1994. He retired as a lieutenant colonel, with 12,000 flying hours logged and approximately 900 combat missions to his credit in all three wars.


Units served with

  • 78th Fighter Group

    78th Fighter Group

    The 78th Fighter Group was initially based at Goxhill but moved to Duxford in April 1943 and stayed there until October 1945. It flew all three of the USAAF's principal fighters. On D-Day every available Thunderbolt provided air cover to the Allied...

  • 5th Emergency Rescue Squadron
  • 82nd Fighter Squadron
  • No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    No. 133 'Eagle' Squadron

    'On 1 August 1941, No. 133 reformed at Coltishall as the third 'Eagle' Squadron manned by American personnel. Equipped with Hurricanes it became operational at the end of September. The next month the Squadron moved to Northern Ireland, returning to...

  • 8th Air Force


Associated Place

  • Biggin Hill

    Military site : airfield
    An RAF Station with US lodger units. USAAF Spitfires and P-38s were attached to RAF No 11 Group stations in mid-1942 for training; also used for special operations by British and US forces.

  • Boxted

    Military site : airfield
    Boxted was built for heavy bombers and became operational from May 1943. In the few months B-26 Marauders of the 386th Bomb Group were stationed there, there were two night attacks by the Luftwaffe. On 17 August 1943, one man was killed when bombs...

  • Duxford

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Duxford, now a museum and still a working airfield, was operated by the USAAF from 1943 to 1945. The base was briefly the home of the 350th Fighter Group in late 1942, but it was not until April 1943 that it became a fully American station when the...


Event Location Date
Born McGehee, AR, USA 12 January 1918
Lived in Ceresco, NE 68017, USA 1940
Joined RCAF Canada 1940

Joined Royal Canadian Air Force.

Service pilot training Dallas, TX, USA 1940

Service pilot training. Dallas Aviation School.

Shipped overseas Merseyside, UK 1941

Shipped overseas to ETO.

Operational training Sutton Bridge, Spalding, Lincolnshire PE12, UK July 1941

Operational training at 56 OTU. Conversion to Hurricane.

Assigned Eglinton, Londonderry, Derry BT47, UK September 1941 – 30 November 1941

Assigned to 133 [Eagle] Sqn RAF.

Engine Failure baled out Lough Eske, Co. Donegal, Ireland 30 November 1941

Convoy patrol, engine overheated, baled out 13 miles short of Eglinton.

Interred Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare, Ireland 30 November 1941 – March 1944

Having landed in Neutral Eire was interred. Multiple escape attempts resulted in being sent back to internment.

Final escape Belfast, Belfast, UK March 1944

Escaped internment.

Transferred England, UK March 1944

Transferred to USAAF.

Assigned Duxford, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire CB22, UK March 1944 – 9 September 1944

Assigned to 82FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF.

Transferred Boxted, Colchester, Essex, UK 9 September 1944 – 1945

Detached service 5th ERS.

Died North Carolina, USA 28 January 1994
Buried Haywood County, NC, USA February 1994

Crawford-Ray Memorial Gardens, Clyde
Haywood County,
North Carolina, USA.


Date Contributor Update
05 July 2017 09:32:35 general ira snapsorter Changes to events

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2016 23:13:30 Al_Skiff Changes to unit associations

EAGLES of the RAF -The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.

Date Contributor Update
16 November 2015 13:08:13 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, nickname, service number, highest rank, role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

EAGLES of the RAF -The World War II Eagle Squadrons by Phillip D Caine.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:24:25 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / EAGLES OF DUXFORD, The 78th Fighter Group in WW2 by Fry, p133 / nephew