Woodruff, Walker Ace

Individual Personnel Data
Name Woodruff, Walker Ace   
Rank Sergeant
Serial Number 36877182   
Unit Assignments Assigned to the 546th Bombardment Squadron (Heavy), per AAF Station 106 Special Orders #140 dated 17 July 1944
Duty Tail Gunner
MOS611 - Aerial Gunner
Last Duty Date 11 October 1944
Results Prisoner Of War
POW Camp: Stalag Luft 4 Gross-Tychow (formerly Heydekrug) Pomerania, Prussia (moved to Wobbelin Bei Ludwigslust) (To Usedom Bei Savenmunde) 54-16
Related Documents Missing Air Crew Report # 9479 (36.526 MB)
Photo Album:Crew Photo Album




Crew Composition When Assigned to the 384th BG
Replacement Combat Crew
CREWMEMBER POSITION RESULTS
2nd Lt. Henderson, William VPilotCT
2nd Lt. Oosterhof, Franklin GCo-pilotCT
2nd Lt. Segars, Arthur WoodrowNavigatorPOW
2nd Lt. Smith, George KBombardierCT
S/SGT. Owens, Buddy LRadio Operator / GunnerCT
S/SGT. Rodgers, William MEngineer / Top Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Tobman, Milton (NMI)Ball Turret GunnerCT
SGT. Woodruff, Walker AceTail GunnerPOW
SGT. Austin, Ralph EarlFlexible GunnerCT
PVT. O'Malley, Herbert MFlexible GunnerTR

Missions, Aircraft, Crews
This individual was credited with 22 Combat Missions.
Number Date Target Position Aircraft Mission/Sortie Information
167 29 July 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97510 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
168 31 July 1944 Target: Aero Engine Factory
Type: Aircraft Industry
Location: Munich / München, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High section deputy, high group.
Sortie Report
169 1 August 1944 Target: Railroad Bridge
Type: Transportation
Location: Chartres, France
Tail Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Low group hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
170 3 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Fleury, Flers, Fiefs, France
Tail Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
H group.
Sortie Report
172 4 August 1944 Target: NOBALL (V-1 Launch Site)
Type: CROSSBOW (V-Weapons)
Location: Crepieul, France
Tail Gunner 42‑37982 Combat Mission Credit
This aircraft carried delayed-action bombs which were jettisoned in the Channel.
Sortie Report
177 11 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Coastal Artillery Emplacements
Type: Military
Location: Brest, France
Tail Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
178 12 August 1944 Target: "Landing Ground"
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: La Perthe, France
Tail Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
179 13 August 1944 Target: Tactical: Road Network
Type: Transportation
Location: Beaumont-le-Roger (area), France
Tail Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High group.
Sortie Report
180 14 August 1944 Target: Echterdingen Airdrome
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Stuttgart, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Lead group.
Sortie Report
181 16 August 1944 Target: Delitzsch Air Field and Air Equipment Depot
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Delitzsch, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
High section lead, low group.
Sortie Report
183 24 August 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil & Chemical Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97142 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
185 26 August 1944 Target: Buer Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Gelsenkirchen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97282 Combat Mission Credit
Low group.
Sortie Report
188 5 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑102620 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
190 9 September 1944 Target: I. G. Farben Chemical Works
Type: Industry
Location: Ludwigshafen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97251 Combat Mission Credit
Sortie Report
191 10 September 1944 Target: BMW Motor Component Parts Plant
Type: Industry
Location: Sindelfingen, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑107121 Combat Mission Credit
Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
194 13 September 1944 Target: Leuna Synthetic Oil Refinery
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Merseburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97592 Combat Mission Credit
Wing deputy; PFF ship.
Sortie Report
195 17 September 1944 Target: Tank and Gun Concentrations, Tactical
Type: Military
Location: Eindhoven & 's‑Hertogenbosch (den Bosch), The Netherlands
Tail Gunner 42‑38014 Combat Mission Credit
E squadron lead.
Sortie Report
198 25 September 1944 Target: Railroad Marshalling Yards
Type: Transportation
Location: Frankfurt am Main, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑107125 Combat Mission Credit
C Wing, low group deputy. Hot camera ship.
Sortie Report
201 28 September 1944 Target: Steelworks
Type: Industry
Location: Magdeburg, Germany
Tail Gunner 43‑38616 Combat Mission Credit
Ground spare aircraft; replaced 42‑97986. Note that the 'mickey' navigator Schwab (indicated on formation chart) was not included on the crew list for this aircraft, indicating the original aircraft planned for this crew was PFF-equipped, while this one was not. Led wing back to base after target after taking over for flak-damaged wing lead.
Sortie Report
202 30 September 1944 Target: Handorf Airfield
Type: German Air Force (Luftwaffe)
Location: Münster, Germany
Tail Gunner 44‑6476 Combat Mission Credit
High group lead.
Sortie Report
205 5 October 1944 Type: Industry
Location: Cologne / Köln, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97986 Combat Mission Credit
Deputy lead. This aircraft led the group on two PFF runs, was hit by flak over target area and lost two engines; could not keep up with group and was going to land in Belgium; plane was under control, but was reported to explode at about 2,000' altitude. However, while it was out of commission for about two months, it was back flying combat missions in December.
Sortie Report
209 11 October 1944 Target: Synthetic Oil Plant
Type: Oil Industry
Location: Wesseling, Germany
Tail Gunner 42‑97948 Combat Mission Credit
Fourth squadron deputy. Gee-H ship. Subjected to intense and very accurate flak in target area; crashed near Mayen, Germany; MACR 9479.
Sortie Report

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