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Woodchurch

Military site : airfield

An RAF Advanced Landing Ground used in 1943 with temporary runways and buildings, Woodchurch was handed to the Ninth Air Force in 1944, where it was the brief home of the 373rd Fighter Group. It was abandoned and dismantled in 1944-1945. . The present-day private grass airstrip is to the west of the Second World War North-South runway.

Service

People

  • Bruce Byers

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 373rd Fighter Group
    Bruce Byers served as a P-47 pilot with the 411th Fighter Squadron of the 373rd Fighter Group.

  • Sylvan Feld

    Military | Major | Pilot | 373rd Fighter Group
    William S Lyons named his P-51 “Tiger’s Revenge” for his cousin, Maj. Sylvan [NMI] Feld (service number O-437064) of Headquarters unit of the 373rd Fighter Group, 9th Air Force who was Killed in Action (KIA) on 13th August 1944 at Argentan, France in P...

  • Frank Hawn

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 373rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 411FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn airfield section joined melee with 25+ Me109's and 4 x Fw190's shot down in dogfight. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 11493. Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

  • Drew Holbrook

    Military | Colonel | Fighter pilot | 373rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 411FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn airfield. On return spotted melee with 2 x dozen Me109's and 4 x Fw190's shot down in ensuing dogfight. Prisoner of War (POW). 23-Dec-44. MACR 11437. ...

  • Samuel Marshall

    Military | Major | Pilot | 373rd Fighter Group
    Sam Marshall flew 110 missions as part of the 411th Fighter Squadron of the 373rd Fighter Group. He completed two tours of duty. He was awarded the Air Medal with 14 Oak Leaf Clusters, the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Silver Star.

  • Charles Morris

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 373rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 410FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn airfield, Germany. Engaged in dogfight with Me109's shot down. Killed in Action (KIA). 23-Dec-44. MACR 11445. Awards: PH.

  • Miles Rudolph

    Military | Captain | Fighter pilot | 373rd Fighter Group
    Assigned to 410FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn airfield. Joined melee with Fw190's and P-51's shot down by Fw190, baled out successfully and initially evaded, Prisoner of War (POW). 23-Dec-44 MACR 11436. ...

  • Clifford Welden

    Military | Corporal | 373rd Fighter Group
    Clifford Welden served with the 411th Fighter Squadron of the 373rd Fighter Group out of Woodchurch, England. ...

  • Albert Wiest

    Military | Technical Sergeant | Radio Repairman
    MOS: 953 - Radio Repairman, Reporting Equipment. Assigned to the 57th Signal Aircraft Warning Detachment (Close Control), Company "B", 563rd Signal Aircraft Warning Battalion.

Aircraft

  • 42-26942

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 411FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn airfield section joined melee with 25+ Me109's and 4 x Fw190's shot down in dogfight. Pilot 1st Lt Frank A Hawn POW. MACR 11493.

  • 42-28411

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 410FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn airfield, Germany. Engaged in dogfight with Me109's shot down. Pilot 1Lt Charles T Morris KIA. 23-Dec-44. MACR 11445.

  • 42-28425

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 411FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF. Failed to Return (FTR) dive bombing mission to Bonn airfield. On return spotted melee with 2 x dozen Me109's and 4 x Fw190's shot down in ensuing dogfight. Pilot 1Lt Drew F Holbrook POW. 23-Dec-44. MACR 11437.

  • 42-7928

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 334FS, 4FG 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 411th Fighter Squadron, 373rd Fighter Group 9AF USAAF. A/C believed lost 29-May-44 due to Mech Failure, pilot 2nd Lt Robert J Grace MIA.

  • 42-25845

    P-47 Thunderbolt

  • 42-8667

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 84FS, 78FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of 1st Lt Herbert L Boyle. Transferred to 412FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-76103 'Cookie II'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 351FS, 353FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 410FS, 373FG, 9AF USAAF.

  • 42-25987

    P-47 Thunderbolt

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Roger Freeman, Airfields of the Ninth Then And Now, (London, 1994).

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