Last known member of US’ German moon rocket design team dies

The last known surviving member of the German engineering team that came to the United States after World War II and designed the rocket that took astronauts to the moon has died. Oscar Carl Holderer died Tuesday in Alabama, son Michael Holderer said Wednesday. He was 95. Holderer said his father suffered a stroke last week and did not recover. Born in Germany the year after World War I ended, Holderer came to the United States in 1945 with a group of 120 rocket engineers led by Wernher von Braun. Their move was part of a project called “Operation Paperclip” that transferred technology for the German V-2 and other rockets to the United States.



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