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S/SGT  Edward L. WOODALL

UNIT: 350th BOMB Sqdn POSITION: BTG

S/Sgt Ed Woodall-BTG on Lt MacNab Crew. 

Escape and Evasion photo for S/Sgt Ed Woodall, BTG on Lt MacNab Crew. Photo Courtesy of Beth Eden-McGuire 

SERIAL #: 34854473 STATUS: POW
MACR: 11359 CR: 11359

Comments1: 31 DEC 44 HAMBURG (SEE ROJOHN MEMO)

COMMENTS & NOTES

MEMO 1:

CREW
DATE: 31 December 1944                  350th Sqdn.         A/C #43-38457 "NINE LIVES"

MISSION: Hamburg                             MACR #11359      Microfiche 4180

1st Lt William G.MacNab              P     KIA    31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
2nd Lt Nelson B.Vaughan             CP    KIA    31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
2nd Lt Charles J. Scott            NAV  FEH   moved up to Lead NAV (Flying at end of hostilities.)
F/O     Douglas S. Eden          BOM   FEH  moved up to Lead BOM (Flying at end of hostilities)  SN# 0-1997861
2nd Lt Jack Berkowitz             NAV POW  31 DEC 44 HAMBURG   From C.W. Wilson crew       SN# 0-777438
2nd Lt Raymond E.Comer, Jr.  BOM POW  31 DEC 44 HAMBURG    From C.W. Wilson crew
 T/Sgt Henry S.Ethridge           ROG  KIA   31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
 T/Sgt Joseph A.Chadwick        TTE POW  31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
 S/Sgt Edward L.Woodall,Jr.      BTG POW  31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
 S/Sgt Duane F.Rench            WG  KIA    31 DEC 44 HAMBURG
 Cpl Leno R. Delmolino                WG  Taken off Crew to reduce to nine men. 
 S/Sgt Francis J.Seyfried           TG KIA    31 DEC 44 HAMBURG

350th Sqdn.    Joined 100th on 26 AUG 1944. 
L.R. DeLmolino (original WG) grounded because of change from 10 to 9 men crew and no need at the time for "spare" gunners.  Became a Intelligence Specialists in the 351st. Charles J.Scott and Douglas S. Eden were replaced for the 31 Dec 1944 Hamburg mission by Jack Berkowitz and Raymond E. Comer, both from the Hong Kong Wilson crew and both became POWs. Scott and Eden moved up to Lead Navigator and Lead Bombardier after the crew's 16th mission and were flying at the end of hostilities.

EYEWITNESS: "At 1250 hours,19,000 feet,2 B-17's believed to be A/C 43-38457 and
             A/C 42-31987 pancaked together,circled and crashed,still attached to
             each other.Six chutes were seen before the A/C landed,most of them are
             believed to have fallen on land.There was no fire from the A/C in the
             air or on the ground although there was some smoke."

p.91/92 of CONTRAILS gives U8 a bit more graphic picture.  "Lt.W.MacNab was leading
the "C" Squadron low flight. Lt.G.Rojohn flew behind and high.In the fierce aerial
struggle,both MacNab and his co-pilot,Lt.N.Vaughan,had been wounded.Their ship rose
periously toward Rojohn's,who had moved in after Webster had been downed. A collision
seemed unavoidable.
There was a sickening thud as the planes made contact.They shuddered and locked, headed
out over the North Sea.The engines of MacNab's lower plane were smoking. Rojohn and his
co-pilot,Lt.W.Leek,immediately cut their engine switches,avoiding a probable
explosion.
The situation was something too fantastic for even Hollywood to simulate.The two planes
clung together as Rojohn and Leek battled the controls,and by sheer strength,managed
to slowly turn the eight enginied monstrosity toward land.
T/Sgt Chadwick bailed out while ths planes were still over water,but his chute fortun-
ately did not collapse,and he was washed ashose . . . S/Sgt. E.Woodall,also from MacNab's
ship ,landed in water and managed to reach shore. . . . . Chadwick was taken into
custody that night,together with navigator J.Berkwitz,bombardier R. Comer and Woodall.

Seven men,T/Sgt.O.Elkin,T/Sgt.E.Neuhaus,Sgt.J.Shirley,S/Sgts.J.Russo,R.Little,F.Chase,
and Lt.R.Washington bailed out of Rojohn's ship. . . . The fate of Russo,Little and
Chase was unknown

Rojohn and Leek continued to fight the controls,using the engines of the lower aircraft,
and rode the grafted bird in for a landing. There have been amazing stunts pulled in 
the colorful and courageous history of mans will to fly, from the days of Daedalus and Da Vinci 
to the days of the brother Wright and Billy Mitchell,but none more strangely heroic than the day Rojohn and Lesk safely
crash-landed their two planes pick-a-back on a field in North Germany."


MISSIONS OF CAPT. DOUGLAS S. EDEN (Lead and 350th Bomb Squadron Bombardier and Lead Navigator on 4 Chowhound Missions May 45)

1.     25/09/44   LUDWIGSHAVEN   A/C 338011   The Reluctant Dragon
2.     26/09/44   BREMEN               A/C 2102598 Super Rabbit
3.     27/09/44   MAINZ                 A/C 231991   Miss Chief
4.     28/09/44   MERSEBURG         A/C 2102958
5.       2/10/44   KASSEL
6.       3/10/44   NURNBURG
7.       5/10/44   HANDORF
8.       6/10/44   BERLIN
9.       9/10/44   MAINZ
10.    15/10/44  COLOGNE
11.    17/10/44  COLOGNE
12.    18/10/44  KASSEL
13.    22/10/44  MUNSTER
14.    26/10/44  HANOVER
15.      5/11/44  LUDWIGSHAVEN
16.    10/11/44  MAINZ (last mission flown with Macnab Crew, went to lead crew training)
17.    24/12/44  BIBLIS
18.    25/12/44  KAISERLAUTERN
19.    31/12/44  HAMBURG (Lead missions beginning with Hamburg)
20.      6/01/45  ANNWEILER
21.    10/01/45  COLOGNE
22.    14/01/45  DERBEN
23.    28/01/45  DUISBURG
24.    21/02/45  NURNBURG
25.    24/03/45  STEENWIJK
26.      9/04/45  MUNICH
27.    10/04/45  BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG
28.    17/04/45  AUSSIG


---> SUBMITTER INFORMATION
SUBMITTER: Elizabeth A Eden-Maguire
EMAIL: edenmagu@hotmail.com
PURPOSE: Report a website error
INTEREST: I am the veteran's child: 
TELEPHONE NUMBER: 503-492-2213

---> MESSAGE
Message:  My father is Douglas S. Eden, Maj (retired), USAF. He served as a bombadier under 1st Lt Wm G MacNab. You report my dad as moving to "Lead Nav" which is incorrect; he was moved to "Lead Bombadier." Also, you report his 18th mission on Kaiserslautern as being on 12/28/1944, which is incorrect. According to several sources, including your Missions database, that mission was sent out on 12/25/44.

When I was in my mid-teens, the USAF sent my family to Germany (Sembach AFB near Kaiserslautern, as a matter of fact). We lived off-base in Enkenbach for a time, and I remember a conversation between my dad and our German landlady. She was remembering the bombs dropping over she and her family on Christmas Day, 1944. As a teen, I barely recognized my dad's back stiffen or his color change. It was only later when he told me that only one "raid" had been sent out that Christmas Day way back in 1944--and he'd been the lead bombadier. Although I was a teenager, I recognized the implications immediately--if he hadn't actually dropped those bombs on her, he'd ordered them dropped.

I've never forgotten that conversation--two former "enemies" meeting face to face…and finding out we're all just people. I learned some things myself that day.

War is sometimes necessary. But war is never pretty, and there is sometimes no way to avoid innocents getting in the way.

Appreciating what the 100th Bomb Group did for our freedom,
Beth Eden-Maguire


CAPT. DOUGLAS EDEN AIR CORP HISTORY AND MISSION COMMENTS:

May 18, 44-Assigned Crew #5694, 2nd Lt MacNab's Crew
May 19, ’44 - Ardmore, Oklahoma, 222 CCTD GP II Sq’d 8 (Maj Angiers)
July 25, ’44 - Left Ardmore, Oklahoma
[delay en-route, 8 days]
Aug. 5, ’44 - Kearney, Nebraska
Aug. 15, ’44 - Left Kearney, Nebraska. Arrived: Grenier Field, Manchester, N.H.
Aug. 16, ’44 - Left the United States.
Aug. 16, ’44 - Goose Bay, Labrador.
Aug. 18, ’44 - Meeks Field, Iceland.
Aug. 19, ’44 - Arrived Valley (Holyhead) Wales.
Aug. 20, ’44 - Left Valley, Wales. Arrived 8th A.F. Replacement Depot (near Stone & Hanley)
Aug. 24, ’44 - Left 8th A. F. R.&R. Depot Arrived Diss.Thorpe Abbotts 100th Bomb Group 350th Squadron. 13 Combat Wing, 3rd Division.

MISSIONS:
(1) Sept. 25, ’44 - Ludwigshafen, Germany (mar. y’d.)
(2) Sept. 26, ’44 - Bremen, Germany (F. W. Aircraft plant)
(3) Sept. 27, ’44 - Mainz, Germany (mar. y’d.)
(4) Sept. 28, ’44 - Merseburg, Germany (oil)
(5) Oct. 2, ’44 - Kassel, Germany (tank factory)
(6) Oct. 3, ’44 - Ludwigsburg, Germany (airfield)
(7) Oct. 5, ’44 - Munster, Germany (airfield) (Handorf)*
(8) Oct. 5, ’44 - Berlin, Germany (engine factory)
(9) Oct. 9, ’44 - Weisbaden, Germany (ordanance) (Mainz)*
(10) Oct. 15, ’44 - Cologne, Germany (mar yd.)
(11) Oct. 17, ’44 - Cologne, Germany (mar yd.)
(12) Oct. 18, ’44 - Kassel, Germany (tank factory)
       Oct  20, ’44 - Awarded Air Medal. (dated 9 Oct)
(13) Oct. 22, ’44 - Munster, Germany (mar y’d)
(14) Oct. 26, ’44 - Hannover, Germany (mar. y’d.).
       Nov  1  '44 - LEAD BOMBARDIER
(15) Nov. 5, ’44 - Ludwigshafen, Germany (chemical)  -SEE LETTER "SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAND" FOR STORY OF THIS MISSION
(16) Nov. 10, ’44 - Weisbaden, Germany (airfield) (Mainz)*
       Nov. 27, ’44 - Commissioned 2nd Lt.
(17) Dec. 24, ’44 - Biblis, Germany (airfield)
(18) Dec. 25, ’44 - Kaiserslautern, Ger. (mar yd) Led C (hit)
(19) Dec. 31, ’44 - Hamburg, Germany (mar yd) Led B (missed)
       Jan.   3, ’45 - Appointed Squadron Bombardier.
(20) Jan.   6, ’45 - Anwieler, Ger. (T.O.) Led GP (began as B) (hit)
(21) Jan. 10, ’45 -  (Koln)* Duisburg, Ger. (T.O.) Led Group (C& M to Koln) (hit)
(22) Jan. 14, ’45 - Derben, Ger. (underground oil) Led Group (hit)
(23) Jan. 28, ’45 - Duisburg, Ger. (RR bridge) Led Wing (hit)
       Feb.   5, ’45 - Appointed 1st Lt.
       Feb.   9, ’45 - Flak leave. Bournemouth, England [Rest leave, 8 days]
       Feb. 10, ’45 - Received 1st Lt.
(24) Feb. 21, ’45 - Nurnberg, Germany (mar y’d) Led Wind (P.F.F.) (hit)
       Mar. 22. ’45 - Orders for Captaincy.
       Mar. 24, ’45 - Received Captaincy.
(25) Mar. 24, ’45 - Steenwijk, Holland (airfield) Led C (hit)
(26) Apr.   9, ’45 - Munich, Austria (airfield) Led C (hit)
(27) Apr. 10, ’45 -BURG-bei-MAGDEBURG Germany (airfield) Led B (hit)
(28) Apr. 17  ’45 - Aussig, Czechslovakia (mar. y’d.) Led B (hit)

CHOWHOUND MISSIONS:
[1] May 2, ’45 – Amsterdam (food) Led Group (hit)
[2] May 3, ’45 – Alkmaar, Holland (food) Led Wing (hit)
[3] May 5, ’45 – Alkmaar, Holland (food) element lead (hit)
[4] May 7, ’45 – Amsterdam, Holland (food) element lead (hit)
May 8, ’45 – V.E. day

MEMO 2:

POW/KIA notes: Piggyback Incident, see article "Breeding Dragonflies" for more info.

KIA / MIA / EVA / INT INFORMATION:

TARGET: Hamburg DATE: 1944-12-31  
AIRCRAFT: (43-38457) CAUSE: Collided with 42-31987  

BURIAL INFORMATION

PLOT: ROW:  
GRAVE: CEMETERY:  

PHOTOS:

Ed Woodall, BTG on Lt MacNab Crew. Photo taken at Ardmore OK. in 1944

BTG on Lt MacNab Crew

S/Sgt Ed Woodall-BTG on Lt MacNab Crew, GONE FISHING!

Pvt. Edward L. Woodall, Class 44-17, Flexible Gunner School, Kingman Army Air Field, Ariz. (1944 yearbook, pg 111) - later Ball Turret Gunner with the William MacNab Crew, 350th BS, 100th BG (H) - POW 31 December 1944 - Hamburg - survivor of the famed "Piggyback Flight" mid-air collision/controlled landing that killed five members of his crew as well as two others from the Glenn Rojohn Crew. Woodall and three MacNab crew members were taken POW, as were Rojohn and five of his crewmen.

 The William MacNab Crew MacNab crew information (100th Photo Archives) 

 

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