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F/O  George E. WOODHAM

UNIT: 349th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BOM
SERIAL #: T-333253 STATUS: EVA
MACR: 14171 CR: 14171

Comments1: 10 APR 45 BURG-BEI-MAGDEBURG (EAC)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW

2ND LT DELBERT D. REEVE            P KIA 10 APR 45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
F/O HAZEN F. WILLET                  CP KIA 10 APR 45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
F/O STEVE S. POULOS               NAV KIA 10 APR 45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
F/0  GEORGE E. WOODHAM       BOM EVA 10 APR 45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
SGT ALBERT D. CRABBS, JR.       ROG KIA 10 APR 45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
SGT ROBERT E. TRUEBLOOD       TTE KIA 10 APR 45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
SGT HERMAN WILLIAMS            BTG KIA 10 APR 45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
SGT ARTHUR F. EHRLER, JR.         WG KIA 10 APR 45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF
SGT WESLEY A. WOODS                TG KIA 10 APR 45 BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG, AF

349TH SQDN.... CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON 30 MAR 1945 .THIS WAS THE CREWS FIRST MISSION.
THIS IS THE LAST, 100TH CREW LOST..pw

EYEWIITNESS: "A/C 43-38840 (Lil Rebel) was attacked by 2 ME 262' and received hits in the TT and
                        #2 engine.Dense smoke came from the #2 engine and then it made a vertical
                        slow roll on its right wing and burst into flame. It still seemed under
                        control when 2 chutes were observed. Later it was believed to have hit the
                        ground and exploded in a very large flame."
 
The following statement was given by F/O George E. Woodham who returned to this station (#139) on 15 April 1945.:
                     "I was the third man to bail out of the A/C; the co-pilot and navigator ahead
                      of me. The plane was in a dive when I bailed out, and soon after my chute
                      opened I hit the ground. I saw no chutes at all when I was in the air, and
                      saw none of the other members of my crew after hitting the ground. The
                      plane crashed and exploded close to where I landed."

On 24 Sept.1945 at San Antonio,Texas (Personnel Center), F/O Woodham gave a similar picture of events.
 
                       "The B-17 of which he was bombardier was attacked by jet fighters at
                       20.000 feet and sustained a number of hits.He states that intelligence
                       later reported two directs hits in the tail turret. F/O 'Woodham believes
                       that there were a number of other hits but has no idea as to how many.
 -                     He states that the interphone was out and that he saw the navigator bail
                       out first, then the co-pilot bailed out and then F/O ,Woodham bailed out.
                       He believes that there were only three chutes in the air. He landed about
                      75 yards from where the plane had crashed and exploded and states further
                       that there were two explosions. After landing, F/O Woodham ran to some woods
                       nearby where he watched the plane burn at a distance of about 200 yards."
 
                       It is the opinion of F/O Woodham that no member of the crew could have
                       survived if he had not parachuted out of the stricken plane.He has written
                       to the families of all the members of the crew giving as much information
                       as he had."

MEMO 2:

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Burg-bei-Magdeburg DATE: 1945-04-10  
AIRCRAFT: "Lil Rebel" (43-38840) CAUSE: ME262  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

 Standing left to right: John A.Twomey , Wilford Murray, Ralph Smith, Jim Crighton, Billy Hurst, George Woodham, Robert Dorman; Kneeling: George Timms, Joe C. Martin, Joe Bohrer and
JamesF. Mack. (100th Photo Archives) 

Standing left to right: 
John A.Twomey -Nav on Lt Mack Crew
Wilford Murray- Pilot of own crew
Ralph Smith- Bombardier on Lt Murray Crew
Jim Crighton- ?
Billy Hurst- Navigator on Lt Dorman Crew
George Woodham- Bombardier  on Lt Reeve Crew
Robert Dorman-Pilot of own crew

Kneeling: left to right 
George Timms-CP on Murray Crew
Joe C. Martin-Pilot of own Crew
Joe Bohrer-Radar Operator on Murray Crew
James F. Mack-Pilot of own crew

 Henry Cervantes, George E. Woodham and Clair N. Hansen Cervantes - Detailed Information Woodham - Detailed Information Hansen - Detailed Information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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Crew 1

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