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Tennessee 1
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20 Mar 1943 2
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S/Sgt James A Woody,KIA- 321stBG,447thBS/MTO, WW II B-25 Top Gunner
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S/Sgt James A Woody,KIA- 321stBG,447thBS/MTO, WW II B-25 Top Gunner
Original STONE, Tenn.S/Sgt James A Woody was KIA, 20 Mar. 1943, shot down, and S/Sgt Woody got an ENEMY FIGHTER before they got him. The Pilot, Capt J Burns limped home, bellied in at Bone (Africa) no wheels, gear, over 200 holes, all else lived.
Sgt James A Woory, KIA by FLAK/Combat mission, 321stBG,447thBS, 20 Mar'43
Sgt James A Woory, KIA by FLAK/Combat mission, 321stBG,447thBS, 20 Mar'43
James Woody was a B-25 Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer with the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squadron. He flew across the Atlantic in the (now famous) 321st Gen Bob Knapp Group, 1st successful Crossing of the Atlantic (Southern Route) in a single Mass ! KIA 20 MAR'43 Flak over Target
Sgt James S Woody, Gunner, killed by FLAK on this Mission, 20 March, 1943
Sgt James S Woody, Gunner, killed by FLAK on this Mission, 20 March, 1943
Pilot Lt John 'Buster" Burns bellied in at Bone, with over 200 holes in this ship. Hit by FLAK over the Target.
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James A Woody 1
Level of Education: 4 years of high school 1
Marital Status: Single, without dependents 1
Birth:
1924 1
Tennessee 1
Death:
20 Mar 1943 2
20 Mar 2017 3
Italy 3
Cause: By FLAK over Target. 3
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Place: Loudon County, Tennessee 1
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World War II 1

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Army 1
Enlistment Date:
16 Feb 1942 1
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Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA 1
Army Serial Number:
14092261 1
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Ft Oglethorpe Georgia 1
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Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law 1
Source of Army Personnel:
Civil Life 1
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Unskilled occupations in manufacture of textiles, n.e.c. 1
Race or Ethnicity:
White 1
Source Information:
Box Number: 0156 1
Film Reel Number: 2.13 1

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James a Woody, Top Turrret Gunner, KIA 20 March, 1943

Africa

James Woody was a B-25 Top Turret Gunner/Flight Engineer with the B-25 Mitchell Medium Bomber 321st Bomb Group, 447th Bomb Squadron.  He flew across the Atlantic in the (now famous) 321st Gen Bob Knapp Group, 1st successful Crossing of the Atlantic (Southern Route) in a single Mass ! 

321stBG,447thBS, Sgt James A Woody, Turret Gunner, KIA /20 March, 1943 (Buried in TENN.)

Saturday 20 March 1943 De-Classified War Diary
447th BS Special Account: On March 20 the squadron took part in a sea sweep and it was on this dated that we suffered our first battle casualty. A convoy was sighted and attacked. Flak from the ships damaged the planes flown by Lts. Albert Duke and J. P. Burns. Then fighters attacked and Lt. Duke’s plane was shot down and crashed into the sea at a point about fifty miles behind enemy lines. S/Sgt. Govoni, the tail gunner, was killed before the crash but the rest of Lt. Duke’s crew managed to get into the life raft. There were five of them: Lt. Duke, Lt. J. Howard Ackley, Lt. Douglas Orr, S/Sgt.
Francis Noble, and S/Sgt Robert C. Drogosch. The rowed to shore and made their way back to friendly outposts after three days and nights behind enemy lines. Lt. Orr, Lt. Ackley, S/Sgt. Noble, and S/Sgt. Drogosch later received the Purple Heart for injuries received when the plane crashed. Lt. Burns had one engine shot out and was limping toward home when five enemy fighters attacked him. By skillfully maneuvering his plane so as to give his gunners full advantage he enabled them to drive the fighters off and made a successful crash landing at the friendly base of Bone. The turret gunner, S/Sgt. James A. Woody was killed by fire from the fighters. The rest of the crew escaped without serious injury. They were: Lt. Burns, Lt. McKinley, B. Cohagan, Lt. Paul W. Lingrel, S/Sgt. Joseph Perpich, S/Sgt. Lee Byerly. Lt. Burns received the Distinguished Flying Cross for this action. S/Sgt. Joseph Perpich received the Purple Heart.

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James A. Woody
Birth: Jan. 7, 1924
Death: Mar. 20, 1943
Burial: Steekee Cemetery
Loudon County, Tennessee, USA
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U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946
NAME WOODY#JAMES#A########### WOODY#JAMES#A###########
ARMY SERIAL NUMBER 14092261 14092261
RESIDENCE: STATE 48 TENNESSEE
RESIDENCE: COUNTY 105 LOUDON
PLACE OF ENLISTMENT 4350 FT OGLETHORPE GEORGIA
DATE OF ENLISTMENT DAY 16 16
DATE OF ENLISTMENT MONTH 02 02
DATE OF ENLISTMENT YEAR 42 42
GRADE: ALPHA DESIGNATION PVT# Private
GRADE: CODE 8 Private
BRANCH: ALPHA DESIGNATION BI# Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
BRANCH: CODE 00 Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
FIELD USE AS DESIRED # #
TERM OF ENLISTMENT 5 Enlistment for the duration of the War or other emergency,
plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law
LONGEVITY ### ###
SOURCE OF ARMY PERSONNEL 0 Civil Life
NATIVITY 48 TENNESSEE
YEAR OF BIRTH 24 24
RACE AND CITIZENSHIP 1 White, citizen
EDUCATION 4 4 years of high school
CIVILIAN OCCUPATION 819 Unskilled occupations in manufacture of textiles, n.e.c.
MARITAL STATUS 6 Single, without dependents
COMPONENT OF THE ARMY 6 Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service;

James A Woody; KIA

321st BG, 447th BS, B-25 Mitchell Combat over N. Africa.       Saturday, 20 March 1943   ---  447th BS Special Account:      On March 20 the squadron took part in a sea sweep and it was on this date that we suffered our first battle casualty. A convoy was sighted and attacked. Flak from the ships damaged the planes flown by Lts. Albert Duke and J. P. Burns. Then fighters attacked and Lt. Duke’s plane was shot down and crashed into the sea at a point about fifty miles behind enemy lines. S/Sgt. Govoni, the tail gunner, was killed before the crash but the rest of Lt. Duke’s crew managed to get into the life raft. There were five of them: Lt. Duke, Lt. J. Howard Ackley, Lt. Douglas Orr, S/Sgt. Francis Noble, and S/Sgt Robert C. Drogosch. They rowed to shore and made their way back to friendly outposts after three days and nights behind enemy lines. Lt. Orr, Lt. Ackley, S/Sgt. Noble, and S/Sgt. Drogosch later received the Purple Heart for injuries received when the plane crashed.

   Lt. Burns had one engine shot out and was limping toward home when five enemy fighters attacked him. By skillfully maneuvering his plane so as to give his gunners full advantage he enabled them to drive the fighters off and made a successful crash landing at the friendly base of Bone. The turret gunner, S/Sgt. James A. Woody was killed by fire from the fighters. The rest of the crew escaped without serious injury. They were: Lt. Burns, Lt. McKinley, Lt. B. Cohagan, Lt. Paul W. Lingrel, S/Sgt. Joseph Perpich, S/Sgt. Lee Byerly. Lt. Burns received the Distinguished Flying Cross for this action. S/Sgt. Joseph Perpich received the Purple Heart.

A/C No. 41-13176 “Alley Cat” (crash landed
Burns, John P. “Buster”, 2Lt
Cohagan, McKinley B. “Kin”, 2Lt
None
Lingrel, Paul W. “Big Moose” , 2Lt
Perpich, Joseph G, S/Sgt
Byerly, Lee E., S/Sgt
Woody, James A., S/Sgt
None

 447th BS: War Diary of: McDuff, Daniel R., 2Lt, pilot: (although Lt Duke & Crew didn’t return to the 447th until 27 Mar 43, this entry is placed here for continuity)
“…no one in the outfit is very fond of sea-sweeps! Too many ships have turned up either missing or all shot to pieces. Burns and Duke, to begin with---and now several others I’d rather not write about.
Burns brought his ship down in a crash landing at Bone==shot full of holes. We have pictures of it now at headquarters and, believe me, it looks like a sieve. They immeasurably increase my faith in the ability of the B-25 to fly under adverse battle conditions.

   447th BS War Diary: Our squadron participated in two missions today. Lt. R. Richardson arrived at Ain M’Lila today. He was left behind at Borinquen Field Feb 16 for an engine change. S/Sgts. Perpich, Noble, Drogosch credited with one E/A each shot down during sea sweep.
Drogosch, Robert C., S/Sgt, radio-gunner Noble, Francis L. “Frank”, S/Sgt, gunner
Perpich, Joseph G, S/Sgt, engineer-gunner Richardson, Robert W. "Rich", 2Lt, pilot

447th BS Mission Summary: (Ops Order 3/mission 3) Group Mission # 3: The first was a sea sweep. A convoy was sighted and attacked. During the attack two of our planes were seriously crippled by flak, the one flown by Lt. Albert Duke and the one flown by Lt. J.P. Burns. Then fighters attacked and Lt. Duke was shot down at sea. With him were his CP, Lt. Ackley; Bombardier, Lt. Douglas Orr; and gunners, S/Sgts. Govoni, Noble and Drogosch.

    Five enemy fighters attacked Lt. Burns’ ship. He was alone and his turret gunner, S/Sgt Woody had been killed. Shortly afterwards his tail gun was shot out leaving only his two waist guns to fight off the attackers. S/Sgt Woody had managed to shoot down one of the fighters before they got him. The other gunners chased the rest of the fighters away. Lt. Burns made a crash landing at Bone. There were over two hundred bullet holes in his plane but he called in tonight and reported that all the crew were safe except S/Sgt. Woody. With Lt. Burns were his CP, Lt. Cohagan; Bombardier, Lt. Lingrel; and gunners, S/Sgts Woody, Perpich and Byerly.

No word was received from Lt. Duke’s crew today and they are assumed lost. Thus the squadron suffered its first casualties of the war today.

321stBG,447thBS, B-25 Combat Mission #3.

 

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