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Richard Peyton Woodson III

Military

'We were hit by flak on the bomb run and lost an engine. A second engine was giving trouble and would not keep up with the formation. We suddenly felt very alone in the skies over Germany. Called the fighter channel on the radio and miraculously a lovely P-51 showed up on our wing in a surprisingly short time. We knew his wing man was above flying cover so we began to relax. A waist gunner had a 35mm camera with color film- a WWII rarity. We coaxed the P-51 closer and closer and [associated media] is the picture that resulted. It still brings a lump to my throat when I look at it.'

Assigned Sep 1944

Received the National Order of the Legion of Honor from France in Charlotte, NC 6/15/2016

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Born Albuquerque, NM, USA 1 March 1923

born to: Richard Peyton Woodson Jr. and Katherine McMillen Woodson

Enlisted Newark, NJ, USA 29 October 1942
Died Raleigh, NC, USA 5 January 2017

Springmoor Health Center

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Date Contributor Update
07 January 2017 20:04:30 KD4ITI Changes to service number and events
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Dave Wentzel
Carolinas Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2016 18:48:31 KD4ITI Changes to biography
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Dave
Carolinas Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
16 June 2016 18:43:40 KD4ITI Changes to biography and awards
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Dave
Carolinas Aviation Museum

Date Contributor Update
28 November 2014 10:42:29 Emily Changes to middlename, suffix, nickname, biography and media associations
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Self, via American Air Museum Memory Book Correspondence.

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:22:44 AAM AAM ingest
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Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum Membership List, July 2000; Snetterton Falcons, pg 194

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