Stanley De Lafayette, Jr.
Stanley De Lafayette, Jr. was raised in Bogota before moving to 91 Oak Street in Teaneck. He was the only son of Stanley Sr., an engineer, and Charlotte De Lafayette.
Prior to his enlistment in the Air Force, Stanley was enrolled at Columbia University, to be an engineer like his father. Before Stanley was deployed to England where his Air Force base was stationed, he married Rosemarie Kelly.
In England he became a co-pilot of a B-17 Flying Fortress as an Air Force Flight Officer, 2nd lieutenant, of the 398th Bomb Group. He was awarded an Oak Leaf Cluster to his Air Medal for “exceptionally meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight” in early November, 1944.
Stanley’s plane was downed by anti-aircraft fire. He did not survive the crash. Stanley Jr. died over Merseberg, Germany on the 21st of November, 1944.
He was initially buried in Neuville, Belgium. His remains were later returned to the States and interred in Long Island National Cemetery in December 15th, 1949.
- 1920 United States Federal Census about Stanley De lafayette (father)
- 1930 United States Federal Census
- 1940 United States Federal Census
- Florida Marriage Index, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001
- U. S. National Cemetery Interment Control Forms, 1928-1962 for Stanley De Lafayette II
- U. S. Veterans Gravesites, ca. 1775-2006
fold3.com (Historical Military Records)
- Missing Air Crew Report, WWII
- Photo of Lehner's Crew of the 8th AF's 398th Bomb Group by their B-17 at their base in England, 1 August 1944 (Top, 3rd from the Left: Stanley De Lafayette, Jr.)
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