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Hal Neal Wood


Killed when Pappy’s Chillun, B-24H #42-29418, crashed during assembly. ”It was the opinion of the investigating board that the airplane picked up too much ice, was forced into a stall, and from there into a spin, when it fell apart.” ( The main body of the aircraft still lies in the lake at Taverham Mill. On 21 April 2001, 57 years after the crash, a memorial was dedicated on the property.


Units served with

  • 44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    44th Bomb Group The Flying Eightballs

    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...

  • 68th Bomb Squadron


Associated Place


Event Location Date
Died Taverham Mill Lakes 21 April 1944


Date Contributor Update
04 April 2020 22:50:26 jmoore43 Changes to biography

Added a "#" and a "-" to the A/C serial number in the "Summary biography" to aid clarity & consistency.

Date Contributor Update
01 May 2015 16:52:05 usxpat Created entry with surname, middlename, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations, aircraft associations and media associations

Personal recollection and information:
Joplin Globe, 5 May 1944