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Arthur Woolf

Admitted to:

POW. No.39 Evac Hospital (15/09/44). RAF Hospital Wroughton (25/09/44).

Date of Injury:

23/07/1944

D.O.B/Age when admitted:

March 1922 (22)

Cause of Incident:

Enemy Action. Shot down by flak in a Lancaster.

Transferred to QVH:

05/12/1944

Injuries:

Fractured left leg.

No. of Operations at East Grinstead:

7



IDENTITY CARD

This is to certify that the patient mentioned below and whose description is stated hereon is the authorised holder of this Identity card.


Forename:

Arthur

Surname:

Wolfe

Service No:

157533

Nationality:

British


Awards/Honours:

---

Patient Unit:

PHU, RAF Morecambe

Profession:

Wireless Operator

Patient Rank:

Fg Off

Death:

7th April 2021

Age at Death:

99

Dr Rank:

Dr Unit:

Notes:

Known as "Red". Surname could be Wolfe.

Woolf joined the RAF in 1941, age 19. Woolf was among the aircrew taking part in the Normandy landings; some of his first operational flying.

On Woolf's sixteenth op, to Stuttgart the night of 24/25th July, his plane was attacked by a German night-fighter over the French-German border, which took out the port inner engine and injured Woolf. The pilot decided to abort the operation with the intention of returning to friendly territory to crash-land or bale out over. The flames from the engine spread fast and they were forced to bale out. Woolf was picked up by a French farming family before being taken POW and transferred to a POW hospital in Nancy, eastern France. The hospital was liberated by the U.S. Third Army, and Woolf returned to England. He was transferred to QVH two weeks later for treatment to gangrenous wounds on his left foot, caused by the solid cast his leg had been put in at the POW hospital. He spent fifteen months there.

Glossary:

PHU - Personnel Holding Unit

Further Reading:

'Who's Who in the Guinea Pig', The Guinea Pig, August 1955, p. 28.
'R.A.F. Career and Experiences in WW2', Arthur (Red) Woolf, The Guinea Pig, July 2001, pp. 24-7.
'RAF Career and Experiences in WW2', Arthur (Red) Woolf, The Guinea Pig, January 2002, pp. 12-5.
"Tributes to Sutton Coldfield War Hero", Express and Star, 14th May 2021, https://www.expressandstar.com/news/local-hubs/birmingham/2021/05/14/tributes-to-sutton-coldfield-war-hero-aged-99/

References:


East Grinstead Museum Collection:
EGRTM 2751.62 - Black and white headshot of Wolfe
EGRTM 2773.271 - Casual group photograph at a Guinea Pig Reunion, including Wolfe
EGRTM 2773.514 - Photograph of a group of Guinea Pigs, including Wolfe, before a meal
EGRTM 2773.547 - Photograph of Guinea Pigs, including Wolfe, with McIndoe outside the Felbridge Hotel
EGRTM 2773.548 - Photograph of a group of Guinea Pigs, including Wolfe, in the Guinea Pig pub