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Paul E Olson Sr.


Prisoner of War (POW) crashed near Aachen on 18 Dec 44 in P-51 #44-14131, also P-51B #42-106917 'Mari-Helen' and P-51D #44-14444 'Supermouse', June-Dec. 18, 1944



  • David Archibald

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 359th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) escort to Kassel, left formation as ailerons were freezing, reduced his altitude accompanied by wingman. Overflying a crashed B-17 the pair made ready to destroy it by dropping fuel tanks and...

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Units served with

  • 359th Fighter Group

    359th Fighter Group

    The 359th Fighter Group flew 346 missions from East Wretham between December 1943 and April 1945. In the main these missions were escorting bombers flying over occupied Europe. The Group, soon after converting from Thunderbolts to Mustangs, were...

  • 368th Fighter Squadron

    368th Fighter Squadron

    Distinguished Unit Citation: Germany, 11 September 1944.


  • 44-14131

    P-51 Mustang

  • 44-14444

    P-51 Mustang

  • 42-103036

    P-51 Mustang
    This was one of the first Mustangs assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron. ...

  • 43-6917 'Patricia' 'Marihelen'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 354FS, 355FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 368FS, 359FG, 8AF USAAF. Lost 3-Oct-44 Crash-landed France Lt D W Chatfield RTD.

Associated Place


Event Location Date
Born Oil City, Pennsylvania 13 October 1920
Destroyed Truck SE of Hannover, Germany 24 October 1944

Destroyed one truck strafing.
P-51D 44-14444

Shot Down Vohl, Germany 18 December 1944
Aerial Victories East of Cologne, Germany 18 December 1944

5 - FW 190's
Ace in Day
P-51D 44-14131

Olsen's P-51 is then hit by flak and explodes. He is able to parachute to safety, but is burned and unable to escape. He is taken to a German hospital at Hoffmonstahl.

POW Bonn, Germany January 1945 – May 1945

Stalag 6G

Died Lexington, KY 15 June 2007
Buried Calvary Cemetery, Lexington, KY 18 June 2007

Calvary Cemetery
Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA


Date Contributor Update
23 January 2022 00:30:31 jmoore43 Changes to place associations

Added an association to Stalag 6G per WW2 POW records at the National Archives (NARA).

Date Contributor Update
17 April 2021 20:18:38 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "-" to the A/C tail # in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
24 May 2020 22:52:09 466thHistorian Changes to highest rank, role, events and aircraft associations

"Mustangs & Unicorns" - Jack H. Smith, pages 133,134,238,239

Date Contributor Update
12 April 2019 15:39:02 solson Changes to suffix, nickname, awards and events

Paul E. Olson, Jr. 12-04-2019

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:21:11 AAM AAM ingest

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 11227 / MACR 11227, Unit History / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list