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2nd Lt John Woods [O-795010] 551st FTS, 495FTG, 8th AF, killed in flying accident [KIFA, DNB] when Spitfire AD564 stalled and nosed in at Atcham/Sta 342, England. 26-5-43.
Pictured here, possibly at Napier Field, Dothan, AL, USA, where he was awarded his wings and commissioned Dec 42.



  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 6th Fighter Wing
  • 495th Fighter Training Group

    495th Fighter Training Group

    The 495th Fighter Training Group, which operated in England from December 1943, trained P-47 Thunderbolt pilots. These pilots, who had received the basic training in the USA would be assigned to a training group to practise ETO operational procedures...

  • 551st Fighter Squadron


  • John Woods

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot
    Johnny was a graduate of Woodlawn High School and attended Howard College, where he was a member of Lamda Chi Alpha Fraternity. He joined the Army Air Force in January 1942, and received his wings and commission at Napier Field, Dothan, December, 1942....


  • Atcham

    Military site : airfield
    Atcham, at some remove from other American Air Force bases in Shropshire, was used by USAAF to train pilots from June 1942, several months before the American Eagle Squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Group. Pilots here were mainly trained...


Date Contributor Update
28 August 2015 11:13:02 Al_Skiff Created entry with caption, unit associations, person associations and place associations