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George Robert "Bob" Bolte Jr.


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George Robert "Bob" Bolte Jr. Obituary
George Robert "Bob" Bolte Jr., 96, passed away Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Euless. Service: A memorial gathering will be held 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at Lucas Funeral Home in Hurst. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, the family wishes that donations be made in Bob's name to the . Bob was born Feb. 9, 1918, in Jersey City, N.J., to George Robert Bolte Sr. and Gertrude O. Collins Bolte. He was accepted into the Aviation Cadet Program in April 1942. Bob trained at many locations including Nashville C.C., Maxwell Air Force Base, Clarksdale Field (PT-17) and Walnut Ridge Air Force Base (BT-13), Craig Air Force Base (AT-6 and P-40), and received his pilot wings and second lieutenant commission. He combat trained in Sarasota, Fla., and was then sent to Africa assigned to the 316th Fighter Squadron. In Africa only a short while, Bob was reassigned to the 85th Fighter Squadron in Sicily. He flew 108 combat missions in P-40 and P-47 aircraft, mostly supporting Gen. Montgomery's British 8th Army, to which he was attached and assigned for close support. Bob's group, the 79th Fighter Group, was transferred to Naples, Italy, to fly cover and close support for the Anzio Invasion. He was credited with one Me-109 destroyed and two Fw-190s damaged and he received a Distinguished Flying Cross, a Purple Heart, an Air Medal with oak leaf clusters and campaign ribbons. Bob was released to inactive duty in October 1945 and flew P-47s for the New Jersey Air National Guard and the Georgia Air National Guard until January 1950 when he resigned as a captain. His civilian career at General Motors, which began before entering the service, continued in 1945. Bob met his wife, Mary, in 1947 and they were married in 1949. He transferred with GM to Texas in 1953 and retired after 43 years of dedicated service in 1979. Upon retiring, Bob spent most of his time traveling in Germany, boating, woodworking and saltwater fishing in Aransas Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. He was also proud to be an honorary member in the Association of German Fighter Pilots. He was preceded in passing by his loving wife, Mary Bolte; his sons, John Bolte and Bill Bolte; and his parents and siblings. Survivors: Daughter-in-law, Kit Royal Bolte; granddaughters, Jessica Bolte and Jennifer Bolte; great-grandson, Bradley Eden; nieces, Helen Lowe, Alice Clarkin (Jack) and Flo Densmore (Mike); nephews, Hugh Peterson (Debbie), John Clothier (Carole), Carl Hess (Susie), Bobby Hess (Barbara) and Steve Hess; and many family and longtime friends.
Published in Star-Telegram on Mar. 18, 2014
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