Lieutenant Saul Ferdman is a World War II veteran who engaged in
numerous unique combat missions. He is also a veteran of Grumman,
where he worked on a variety of key projects throughout his four-decade
career with the company.
is a New York City native and graduate of the prestigious Stuyvesant
High School. He then attended the Guggenheim School of
Aeronautics at New York University.
Ferdman enlisted in the U.S. Army
Air Corp in the fall of 1942 and reported for duty in
February, 1943. He trained at several bases, including
Atlantic City, Lansing, MI, San Antonio, TX, Fort Stockton,
and Harlingen, TX. After
navigator training in Monroe, LA, he received his wings in July,
1944. His commanding officer, George Gooding, led a crew of ten
who flew in a B-24 heavy bomber. They arrived in Great Britain
and were part of the 406th Bombardment Squadron of the Eight
Air Force located in Cheddington.
squad was unique in that all of the crew’s missions were
flown at night and every airplane went out alone. He was trained
as a navigator/bombardier and used the Gee Box. His tour included
42 missions to mostly front line targets. They dropped counterfeit
currency, counterfeit ration books, surrender leaflets, and an
Lt. Ferdman’s crew hit Remagen on the night
that this only bridge across the Rhine was captured— enabling
the allies to press into Germany. After completing the tour in
Europe, Lt. Ferdman was transferred to the Pacific and flew home
American POWs from the war’s early days. He was discharged
on November 10th, 1945.
After leaving the military, Lt. Ferdman
degrees in Aeronautical Engineering. The married father of four
was employed by Grumman for 38 years.
Awards & Decorations
- Air Medal with 6 Oak Leaf Clusters
- WW II Battle of the Bulge Commemorative Medal
- Rhineland Commemorative Medal
- World War II Victory Commemorative Medal