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George I Stanford Jr


Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On bomber escort to Budapest, shot down in the Budapest area after squadron engaged by 20+ Bf109’s. Lt Stanford Jr POW. 2-Jul-44. MACR 6799.

Awards: AM, DFC, POW, WWII Victory.



  • Joe Keefhaver

    Military | Staff Sergeant
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Awards: AM, Bronze Star, WWII Victory, EAME(6 battle satrs), Good Conduct.

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. ...

  • 335th Fighter Squadron

    335th Fighter Squadron

    The 335th Fighter Squadron was the offspring of No. 121 (Eagle) Squadron RAF. Formed on 21 May 1941, No. 121 was the second of the three Eagle Squadrons composed of American volunteers flying out of England. They were known as the "Chiefs" and were...


  • 42-106786

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Shot down, whilst strafing a train, when section bounced by mixed group of Bf109 and Fw190's Le Neubourg, France. Pilot Lt Harold L Ross Jr KIA. 6-Jun-44. MACR 5612.

  • 43-7032

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR), lost contact with section in climbing turn in cloud, aircraft crashed Onkerzele, Belgium. German records indicate aircraft had been struck by lightning. Pilot Lt Killed in Action KIA. MACR 5669.

  • 44-13402

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. On bomber escort to Budapest, shot down in the Budapest area after squadron engaged by 20+ Bf109’s. Pilot Lt George I Stanford Jr POW. 2-Jul-44. MACR 6799.


  • 428

    21 June 1944
    Ruhland, Germany - The target, south of Berlin, bombed by 114 fortresses with an escort of 70 Mustangs went off as planned but not before the Germans destroyed 43 B-17's and damaged 26. Landed in Russia.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...


Event Location Date
Born Connecticut, USA 12 December 1916
Lived in Southport, Fairfield, CT 06890, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 25 March 1944 – 2 July 1944

Assigned to 335FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promotion Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 17 June 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 2 July 1944

Captain Sanford was unable to release his drop tanks which he suspected that after an argument with his crew chief he had done something to prevent him from dropping them. Instead of aborting he attempted to keep up and threw a rod on his new P-51D. He put his plane into a spin to keep enemy fighters off of him and in addition his wingman Kidd Hofer followed him down. He landed in a cornfield by Csobankai road near Pilisvorosvar. There is a picture of his airplane in the field still smoking. A Hungarian Pilot was given credit, however a Hungarian researcher claimed the if there was an allied aircraft down in Hungary they would claim it as in this claim. He became a POW MACR 6799

Buried Milford, CT, USA September 1991

Milford Cemetery
New Haven County
Connecticut, USA.

Died Santa Barbara, CA, USA 10 September 1991


Date Contributor Update
05 October 2018 03:53:01 N625CC Changes to events

Kidd Hofer: The last of the Screwball Aces by Troy L. White, Debden Warbirds: Chuck Knowler

Date Contributor Update
18 October 2017 11:08:50 general ira snapsorter Changes to person associations

Merged with duplicate entry to include details from:
- Personal research & 'The Debden Warbirds' by Frank Speer. (user : apollo11);
- the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia ;
- MACR 6799;
- Losses of the Eighth and Ninth Air Forces Vol. IV by Bishop & Hey, p. 24 / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

Date Contributor Update
04 May 2016 21:01:09 Al_Skiff Changes to surname, middlename, suffix, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and mission associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:10:58 AAM AAM ingest

MACR 6799 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database