'I Was Lucky' unpublished memoirs - Foreward + Contents + Chapters I to IV - of Lt Charles S Oldfield, 84th FS, 78th FG at Duxford
'I Was Lucky' unpublished memoirs - Chapters V to X - of Lt Charles S Oldfield, 84th FS, 78th FG at Duxford
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.
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 #...
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.
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...
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...
||Minnesota, United States
||7 June 1920
||Rock Island, Illinois, United States
||25 April 1942
in the Air Corps
||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.
||Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno, California, United States
||California, United States
||6 August 1996