Bolefahr, Wayne Norbury, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 359th Fighter Group
Service Years
1938 - 1944
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Wayne County, Michigan
Last Address
RAF East Wretham (USAAF 133), Norfolk, England

Casualty Date
Jun 10, 1944
Hostile, Died
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot A Row 34 Grave 25

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolUnited States Army Air Forces (USAAF)368th Fighter Squadron359th Fighter Group
  1942-1942, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1942-1943, AAF MOS 1055, USAAF Flying Training Command
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 368th Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 359th Fighter Group
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)/Ground-Strike Mission Over France
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
 Colleges Attended 
University of Detroit MercyUnited States Military Academy
  1937-1938, University of Detroit Mercy
  1938-1942, United States Military Academy1
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang
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Last Known Activity
He was born in Eureka, KS and later called Wayne Co., MI his home. He was credited with 2 victories over enemy aircraft in aerial combat. His P-51 was shot down by enemy flak and crashed and exploded.

His DSC citation:
Awarded for actions during World War II

The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress July 9, 1918, takes pride in presenting the Distinguished Service Cross (Posthumously) to Captain (Air Corps) Wayne Norbury Bolefahr (ASN: 0-24907), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a Fighter Airplane in the 368th Fighter Squadron, 359th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 10 June 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. Leading a P-51 fighter section in support of four PRU airplanes, Captain Bolefahr was briefed to stay clear of the intense ground flak which had prevented, with casualties, other attempts to get low altitude pictures in the area. Discovering the enemy fire to be so intense that the PRU airplanes were repeatedly driven off their target, after 20 minutes flight in the area at tree top level, Captain Bolefahr voluntarily pulled up to 100 feet and strafed the defending gun positions, thereby flying straight into their line of fire in his determination to wipe out enough positions to permit the pictures to be taken. Warned at briefing that any such fighter intervention probably would be fatal, on the basis of previous PRU losses there, he made his strafing run with impeccable cool skill, neutralizing several guns. As a result of the action planes were able to come in and obtain the ordered pictures. Captain Bolefahr's airplane flamed under many direct flak hits, crashed through trees, and disintegrated on the ground. His initiative in the face of overwhelming odds and his sacrificial resolution made a success of a hazardous mission. This action, an inspiration to his fellow flyers, reflects the highest credit upon himself and the Armed Forces of the United States.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 87 (November 2, 1944)

Action Date: June 10, 1944

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Captain

Company: 368th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 359th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force
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