We are very sad to hear that Irwin Stovroff, World War II POW, Nonprofit Founder and friend to BCT, has passed away at the age of 95.
As a World War II bombardier with the 44th Bomb Group, 506th Bomb Squadron, Second Lt. Strovroff was liberated after 13 months in the Nazi’s Stalag Luft I. His plane was shot down on his 35th combat mission.
In 2000, U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., presented him with the Distinguished Flying Cross. Stovroff received the French Legion of Honor in 2008 and a Purple Heart.
His war experiences were chronicled in “Bagels Over Berlin,” a documentary about Jewish veterans of the Army Air Corps. He told his story in the lecture series at the 2016 Festival of the Art BOCA.
Stovroff also volunteered at the Wings of Freedom Tour of vintage airplanes every year at Boca Raton Airport.
“We tell people, in no uncertain terms, what they’re looking at truly is history,” he said in 2015.
Irwin Stovroff will be forever remembered for his kindness and charity here in Boca Raton.
Content from this article and more details around Irwin’s life may be found in this article by Marci Shatzman, Sun Sentinel reporter.