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Mitchell Kenneth Woods

Military

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

On 1-Jan-44, B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home' lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck another parked B-17. RTD.

On 27-Jan-44, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17 42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD.

Shot down by rocket fire from ME110 on mission to Frankfurt on 29-Jan-44 in B-17 42-38012. Prisoner of War (POW). MACR 2275

Awards: POW, WWII Victory, EAME.

Service

People

  • Clyde Lewis

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On 1-Jan-44. B-17 42-40002 'Breezing Home' lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck another parked B-17. RTD. 28 x combat missions. ETD Awards: DFC, AM (4OLC), WWII Victory, EAME (2 x Battle Stars).

  • Leon Van Syckle

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 401st Bomb Group
    Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF. On 27-Jan-44, while taxiing after landing from a training flight, the landing gear switch of B-17G 42-31414 was placed in the up position instead of the flap switch. RTD. ...

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Units served with

  • 401st Bomb Group

    401st Bomb Group

    Group
    The 401st Bomb Group flew B-17 Flying Fortresses from Deenethorpe, Northamptonshire, from November 1943 to June 1945. Starting their missions at that time meant the focus was very much on the coming invasion attempt of France planned for the following...

  • 615th Bomb Squadron

Aircraft

  • 42-31414

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 1/11/43; Kearney 16/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-J] Deenethorpe 14/1/44; on ferry trip from Little Staughton to Deenethorpe 27/1/44 with Mitch Woods, Co-pilot: Leon Van Sycle, Navigator: Rich Montfort, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-37928

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Denver 19/10/43; Gr Island 31/10/43; Assigned 407BS/92BG (PY- ] Podington 1/12/43. While parked at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944, was hit by 42-40002 of 616BS/401BG which losing brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing, ground looped and...

  • 42-38012

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Cheyenne 12/11/43; Romulus 2/12/43; Presque Is 4/12/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-M] Deenethorpe 21/1/44; Missing in Action Frankfurt 29/1/44 with Leon Van Syckle, Co-pilot: Mitchell Woods, Bombardier: Stan Groski, Flight engineer/top turret...

  • 42-40002 'Breezing Home'

    B-17 Flying Fortress
    Delivered Long Beach 1/11/43; Cheyenne 16/11/43; Kearney 19/11/43; Assigned 615BS/401BG [IY-D] Deenethorpe 29/12/43. Involved in parking accident at Little Staughton on 1 January 1944. 42-40002 lost brake hydraulic pressure while taxiing and struck...

Associated Place

  • Deenethorpe

    Military site : airfield
    Deenethorpe was a base purpose-built for American heavy bombers, with the Class A regulation 2,000 and 1,400-yard runways. All the buildings on site,such as the accommodation and administrative blocks, were temporary. In December 1943, several local...

  • Stalag Luft I

    Other location

  • Dulag Luft 12

    Other location

Events

Event Location Date
Born Chicago, IL, USA 27 July 1917

Third and youngest child of Raymond Howard Woods and Eleanor Mitchell Woods

Based Deenethorpe 1944 – 29 January 1944

Assigned to 615BS, 401BG, 8AF USAAF.

Baled out POW 29 January 1944
Prisoner of War (POW) Barth, Germany 29 January 1944 – May 1945

Prisoner of War (POW). Stalag Luft I.

Died Chicago, IL, USA 29 December 2002 – 29 January 1944
Buried Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Elwood, Will County, IL January 2003

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery
Elwood, Will County, Illinois

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
01 November 2021 09:55:46 Al_Skiff Changes to middlename, service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations
Sources

https://www.fold3.com/image/28607163
https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/42734712/mitchell-kenneth-woods

Date Contributor Update
26 February 2015 16:07:14 majormdw Changes to nickname, highest rank and events
Sources

Eldest son, Michael D. Woods

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:20:19 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / MACR 2275 / MACR 2275, Losses of 8th AF, http://www.401bg.org/Main/History/Members/Details.aspx?ID=966 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database

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