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ROLAND WOODS

Contributor - Ron Woods
Shown with my Father, Roland "Woody" Woods (Waist Gunner - standing far right) with Crew 71. 24 Feb 44 - Crew 71: Just landed from Gotha Mission. 25 Planes took off 13 Shot down. Twenty six German planes shot down. Target destroyed (factory manufacturing Messerschmitt 109 fighters). Presidential Unit Citation awarded to 445h Bomb Group for this action.

Standing (L-R)
Pilot - Lt. Ralph Stimmel
Co-Pilot - Lt. Milton Souza
Eng/Top Turret Gunner - Sgt. Clarence Joyce
Bombardier - Lt. Hugh Francis
Navigator - Lt. Horace Turell
Radio Operator - Sgt. Clifford Skicklig
Waist Gunner - Sgt. Roland "Woody" Woods
Kneeling (L-R)
Tail Gunner - Sgt. William Adair
Waist Gunner - Sgt. Billie McClellen
Ground Crew Chief - Sgt. Van Pelt
Ball Turret Gunner - Sgt. Raymond Davis



Info Contributor - Tom Brittan
Previously assigned to 458th BG as one of that Group's original aircraft flown to England via the southern route and was one of the dozen or so ships transferred as replacement aircraft to other Groups soon after arrival. Shot down 18 Mar 44 mission to Friedrichshafen and crashed 2km NW of Saint-Lucien, 3km S of La Chapelle-Saint-Ouen and about 24km ENE of Rouen, France.

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