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Woodrow Oscar Peterson

Military

T/Sgt. Woodrow "Woody" Peterson joined the AAF to have a choice how he would fight the war. He went to pilot training, but washed out and was sent to gunnery school in Kingman Arizona. After gunnery school, his intelligence got him sent to radio operators school. Woody survived 30 missions in the summer of 1944 and got to go home, where five years later he fathered his only son, John Woodrow (myself).

Service

People

  • Joe Beane

    Military | Bombardier | 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

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Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    Group
    The 44th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was activated 15-January-1942 at McDill Field, Florida and equipped with B-24Cs. The Group moved to Barksdale Field, Louisiana and acted as a training unit for the 90th 93rd and 98th Bomb Groups and flew anti...

  • 67th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-95193 Three Kisses for Luck

    B-24 Liberator
    Known as 193 I-Bar, this aircraft was received by the 67th squadron, 44th bomb group on 6 June 1944 and survived 83 missions to be returned to the Zone of the Interior (USA) on 27 May 1945. The picture is of Sgt. Jack L. Booth, 193 I-Bar's tail gunner...

Associated Place

  • Shipdham

    Military site : airfield
    Shipdham was built in 1941-1942, the first US heavy bomber airfield in the English county of Norfolk. It was a standard design, with T2-type hangars and a domestic site dispersed to the south east. Improvements were carried out to increase the number...

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Revisions

Date Contributor Update
23 January 2017 15:09:24 Lucy May Changes to middlename, highest rank and place associations
Sources

Changed middle name from 'W (USAAF error) really O for Oscar' to 'Oscar' - info from his son John Woodrow.

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2016 23:12:09 Fishguy Changes to middlename and biography
Sources

I am his son John Woodrow Peterson.
Docent at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Dad's oral and written memories to me.
8thairforce.com, The 44th Bomb Group in World War II, The Log of the Lberators

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2016 23:03:59 Fishguy Changes to service number, highest rank, role and biography
Sources

T/Sgt Woodrow Peterson was my father and passed to me much of this information orally and in writing. I also have done research online at 8thairforce.com and books such as The 44th Bomb Group in World War II and Log of the Liberators to mention a few.
I learned proper research as a docent at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Date Contributor Update
22 January 2016 22:48:50 Fishguy Changes to middlename, nickname and awards
Sources

Woodrow Peterson was my father and this information is from both oral and written memories of his. I also have done research myself at 8thairforce.com as well as reading historical texts such as The 44th Bomb Group in World War II and The Log of the Liberators to mention two.
I learned proper research as a docent at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:29:01 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / http://8thairforce.com/44thbg/search/perlastname.asp

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