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Charles Sheldon Oldfield

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Charles Oldfield was a P-51 Pilot in the 78th Fighter Group / 84th Fighter Squadron. On return from the 25 February 1945 bomber escort mission to Nuremberg, Germany, low on fuel, he decided to crash-land his plane. Landed 1,5km South-east of Siegerswoude in the Friesland Province of The Netherlands. His wingman, 1st Lt Mark T. Wilson Jr had to do the same and they both evaded with the help of Dutch citizens and underground members from the region of Hoornsterwaag (Andries Breitsma, Tetje Breitsma), Hemrik, Garijp (Jan Minkes, Tjalling E. Nijboer, Anne de Vries, Piet Dijkstra, Geu Luik and others.) Oldfield and Wilson were liberated on 14 April 1945 when they were taken to rejoin troops of the Royal Canadian Dragoons at Olderkoop, 5km SW of Hoornsterzwaag. Escape & Evasion Report E&E 2960.
Charles Oldfield stayed in the Air Force after the war. He served in Korea and was a 1952 bachelor of Nuclear Engineering at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh. He was in the Biophysics Division, Research Directorate, Air Force Special Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico from 1955 to 1957 and participated in flight tests in T-33 jet trainers for Operation TEAPOT in 1955. He served also in Viêt-Nam and left the service with the rank of Colonel.

Service

People

  • Mark Wilson

    Military | Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot, Pilot
    Mark Wilson was a P-51 Pilot in the 78th Fighter Group / 84th Fighter Squadron. Having 55 missions to his credit, on return from the 25 February 1945 bomber escort mission to Nuremberg, Germany, low on fuel, he decided to crash-land his plane, P-51 #...

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Units served with

Aircraft

  • 44-63555

    P-51 Mustang
    Piloted by 1st Lt Charles S. Oldfield on the 25 February 1945 bomber escort mission to Nuremberg, Germany. Low on fuel, had to be crash-landed, 1,5 km south-east of Siegerswoude, Friesland, The Netherlands. Missing Air Crew Report - MACR 12703.

Missions

  • 847

    25 February 1945
    "The Aerial Sledgehammer fashioned by bombers of the 8th and 15th Air Forces and the RAF fell on German communications and fuel supplies for the forth day in a row yesterday as 1,150 Fortresses and Liberators of the 8th hit railyards, airfields, an oil...

Associated Place

  • 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...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Minnesota, United States 7 June 1920
Enlisted Rock Island, Illinois, United States 25 April 1942

in the Air Corps

Evaded Siegerswoude 25 February 1945 – 14 April 1945

Short on fuel, had to force-land his P-51 near Siegerswoude, Friesland, The Netherlands. Liberated by Canadian troops in Oldeberkoop, Frisland, 14 April 1945.

Buried Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, United States 1996
Died California, United States 6 August 1996

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
15 November 2020 02:16:19 decwriter Changes to service number and awards
Sources

NARA files verified DFC and AM w/1 OLC. His AFCM was awarded in 1959 and he earned at least one bronze star on the EAME Campaign Medal. His personnel file would confirm more decorations and awards for later service. He was a Major in 1959.

Date Contributor Update
12 August 2018 02:32:51 fbreitsma Changes to biography
Sources

My great uncle, Andries Breitsma helped Charles and his co-pilot Mark T Wilson escape the Germans after their plane crashed in the north of the Netherlands. The official report mentions an unnamed farmer with a 21 year old girl (Tetje Breitsma), a 16 year old boy (Jouke Breitsma), and twin girls (Akke and Iepie). If one reads Charles memoir this is also consistent. Andries Breitsma ended up imprisoned by the Germans until that part of the country was liberated in April. My father or any of the direct descendants of Andries may have more details.

Date Contributor Update
11 December 2015 14:47:24 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events, person associations, place associations and mission associations
Sources

NARA WWII Enlistment records
MACR 12703
Escape & Evasion Report E&E 2960
SSDI

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:05:58 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 12703 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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