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  1. Hoping to locate my great uncle's Purple Heart which we believe was unintentionally sold at an estate sale of one of his siblings. He was the co-pilot of B24J Liberator 44-48844 which was shot down over Madgeburg, Germany on 3 March 1945. 2LT Perry W. Wolfe ASN: O-558011 8th AF - 445th Bomber Group - 793rd Bomber Squadron (H) KIA: 3 March 1945 Madgeburg, Germany I have a rather thick stack of documents that were sent to his sister in 2008. Many of the documents pertain to the Army's investigation into the whereabouts of his remains in 1956/57. Information pieced together through the investigation found that supposedly a local German farmer (Waldemar Scherz) came across the burned remains of an aircraft crashed in a field near Rothensee, Germany in which he found two bodies. He removed the bodies from the wreckage and returned to his home and reported them to the local police. Three days later two German police officers arrived and directed the removal of the remains. Attempts were made to contact these police officers but one had passed away and the other had moved away. However, the widow of the deceased officer (Louisa Arendt) was interviewed and stated that her deceased husband was buried in the adjacent grave to the two Americans whose plane crashed on 3 March 1945. She also provided a hand drawn map of the Westenhusen cemetery indicating the location of their graves to her late husbands. Mrs. Arndt also remembered that in 1947 a team of American soldiers came and removed the remains of the American soldiers. From here things get a bit sketchy as information in recovery documents dating from 1946/47 greatly differ from those from the 1956/57 investigation. The 56/57 investigation documents state that cemetery records showed no American remains were ever buried there and that all of the "unknowns" in the cemetery were known to be eastern laborers or Soviet soldiers. However, according to the 46/47 documents the remains of 20 Americans were recovered from the Westenhusen cemetery, 10 of which were identifiable via dental records or dog tags - five of which were the remains of Perry's fellow crew members. It was concluded at that time that Perry's remains were most probably one of the 10 sets of remains that were unidentifiable. Perry's name adorns the Wall of the Missing at the American War War Cemetery in Magraten, Netherlands. Now for another plot twist... In January of 1956 an East German by the name of Walter Nitschke contacted the Consulate General with information on the body of Perry W. Wolfe. Here is the information he gave to the consulate: I have this dog tag in my possession (photos below), which was returned to his sister Ida May in November of 2008 along with a copy of his complete IDPF which contained all of the above mentioned documentation. I have my doubts about Nitschke's story and the authenticity of the dog tag, but at this point it would be all but impossible to try to investigate further. Part of me even wonders if maybe he was the other German police officer that collected the two bodies from the farmer that later moved away and he'd kept the dog tag as a souvenir. Regarding Perry's PH, I have found a cached image where it was listed online for sale back in 2012/13 as part of a set that included the PH for Charles P. Flanzer who was part of the same crew and killed on the same mission. Copy of image from that listing is attached.
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