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Stanford Gene Wolfson

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A Minor League Baseball player, he entered military service on October 15, 1942 to train as a bomber pilot. He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in November, 1943, and received further training as a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress pilot. In December 1943, he was assigned to the 335th Bomb Squadron of the 95th Bomb Group, Eighth Air Force, and deployed to Horham Airfield in Suffolk, England. On November 5, 1944, he was co-pilot on a B-17G (43-38814) heading to Ludwigshafen, Germany. The bomber successfully dropped its payload on the target but was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire. The pilot, Second Lieutenant Richard H. Wright, Jr., gave the order for his crew to bail out and Wolfson was seen safely descending by parachute. But that was the last his crewmates ever saw of him. [MACR 10308]. The pilot, together with the bombardier who had not bailed out, nursed the crippled bomber back to France, where it managed a belly landing near Nancy. The rest of the crew had parachuted to safety - albeit captivity - near the Pfalzer Wald forest about eight miles southwest of Kaiserslautern, and met with a hostile reception from local civilians before being turned over to German authorities. Wolfson, of Jewish extraction, handed himself in to local civilians and was picked up by members of the Criminal Police from Kaiserslautern. On the journey to Kaiserslautern, in a wooded area on the outskirts of the city, he was murdered by his captors. Presumably because they had discovered he was Jewish. [www.flugzeugabstuerze-saarland.de] It was not until after the war ended that the fate of Stan Wolfson was discovered.

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  • 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. ...

  • 95th Bomb Group

    95th Bomb Group

    Group
    The 95th Bomb Group was the only Eighth Air Force Group to be awarded three Distinguished Unit Citations. The first, shared by all four Bomb Wing Groups, was for the bombing of an aircraft factory under intense enemy fire at Regensburg on 17 August...

  • 336th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 43-38814 No No Nannette, Cadet Nurse the 2nd

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Lincoln 25/9/44; Grenier 7/10/44; Assigned 336BS/95BG [ET-S] Horham 11/10/44 NO NO NANNETTE; battle damaged Ludwigshafen 5/11/44 with Rich Wright, Bombardier: I.H. Levin [2RTD]; Navigator: Bill Olsom, Flight engineer/top turret gunner: Vince...

Events

Event Location Date
Born St. Louis, MO, USA 23 February 1922

Son of George E and Mollye [Fry] Wolfson.

Enlisted St. Louis, MO, USA 15 October 1942
Completed flight training Georgia, USA November 1943

Commissioned 2nd Lieutenant Nov-43.

Based Horham December 1943 – 5 November 1944

Assigned to 335BS, 95BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out Saarbrücken, Germany 5 November 1944

Failed to Return (FTR) Ludwigshafen, Germany. A/C hit by flak, baled out successfully. Handed himself into local civilians and was picked up by members of the Criminal Police from Kaiserslautern.

Died Near Kaiserslautern, Germany 6 November 1944

On November 5, 1944, he was co-pilot on a B-17G (43-38814) heading to Ludwigshafen, Germany. The bomber successfully dropped its payload on the target but was badly damaged by anti-aircraft fire. The pilot, Second Lieutenant Richard H. Wright, Jr., gave the order for his crew to bail out and Wolfson was seen safely descending by parachute. But that was the last his crewmates ever saw of him. [MACR 10308]. The pilot, together with the bombardier who had not bailed out, nursed the crippled bomber back to France, where it managed a belly landing near Nancy. The rest of the crew had parachuted to safety - albeit captivity - near the Pfalzer Wald forest about eight miles southwest of Kaiserslautern, and met with a hostile reception from local civilians before being turned over to German authorities. Wolfson, of Jewish extraction, handed himself in to local civilians and was picked up by members of the Criminal Police from Kaiserslautern.
On the journey to Kaiserslautern, in a wooded area on the outskirts of the city, he was murdered by his captors. Presumably because they had discovered he was Jewish. [www.flugzeugabstuerze-saarland.de] It was not until after the war ended that the fate of Stan Wolfson was discovered.

Buried 67657 Kaiserslautern, Germany 7 November 1944

Interred Kaiserslautern cemetery

Buried 7570 Olive Blvd, St. Louis, MO 63130, USA 27 February 1949

Re-Interred
Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery University City, MO.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 August 2018 19:11:21 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, highest rank, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/record/84658507-stanford-g-wolfson
https://www.fold3.com/image/146377549?terms=stanford%20g%20Wolfson
https://www.fold3.com/image/318884831
https://www.fold3.com/image/310763390?terms=stanford%20Wolfson
https://www.fold3.com/image/619458741
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/80388116/stanford-gene-wolfson

Date Contributor Update
18 March 2015 13:34:18 general ira snapsorter Changes to biography, awards, events and aircraft associations
Sources

Updated personal, biographical details and media by courtesy of Gary Bedingfield at http://www.baseballsgreatestsacrifice.com/biographies
MACR 10308

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:25:16 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Combat Sup / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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