2LT Stanford Gene Wolfson

2LT Stanford Gene Wolfson

Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
Death 6 Nov 1944 (aged 22)
Burial University City, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
Plot Section C
Memorial ID 80388116 View Source
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The brass plaque to the right was purchased by the family to memorialize Lieut Wolfson following his death. It appears on the Wall of Memory at United Hebrew Congregation, Chesterfield, Missouri. Wolfson's name is read aloud in memory once each year on the anniversary of his death. It is a perpetual memory of his life and death.


He served as a Co-Pilot and his aircraft was hit over a target in the Kaiserslautern, Germany area. During the flight back all crewmembers but the pilot and navigator bailed out. Lt. Wolfson landed in a wooden area about 12 kilometers southwest of Kaiserslautern. He was taken prisoner by members of the Kaiserslautern police. They turned him over to a group of German soldiers. Shortly thereafter he was shot to death by a German National. His body was buried in the Kaiserslautern cemetery. Lt. Wolfson was the veteran of many missions and had received the Distinguished Flying Cross, the Air Medal with several clusters and the Presidential Unit Citation, and awarded the Purple Heart posthumously.

"Stanford's remains were exhumed in 1949 from the Kaiserlautern, Germany Cemetery and returned to the United States. His remains were buried in the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery, University City, MO on February 27, 1949. We are certain about his return since the cemetery records confirm that his remains were placed in a below-ground, sealed concrete vault that is standard for most conservative Jewish burials. Other members of Lt. Wolfson's family would later be buried nearby in this Wolfson family plot."

Lt. Stanford G. Wolfson, 22 years old, co-pilot of a Flying Fortress, was reported by the War Department of the United States to have been killed in action last November 6th in Germany. He was the son of George E. Wolfson, 7214 Princeton Avenue, University City, MO

St. Louis Post-Dispatch
April 2, 1945
Page 5A

"Mr. Uwe Benkel, of the Kaiserslautern area of Germany where Lieut. Stanford Wolfson was captured and executed, intends to memorialize Wolfson and other American fliers on the spot of their execution. In addition, a commemorative web site was prepared which lists Wolfson and the hundreds of other allied fliers who died in their planes or were executed after capture."

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