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Woodman George Chesley


Lisnabreeny Memorial


George Chesley Woodman
First Lieutenant
Serial Number:
359th Bomber Squadron, 303th Bomb Group
Date of Death:
New Hampshire
East Northwood Cemetery, New Hampshire

George Chesley Woodman was born on February 8, 1917 in Weston, Massachusetts. He resided in Rockingham County, New Hampshire prior to the war. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on November 5, 1941, prior to the war, in Providence, Rhode Island. He was noted, at the time of his enlistment, as being employed as a mechanic and also as Single, without dependents. George served as a First Lieutenant on Douglas Havoc AX924, 359th Bombardment Squadron, 303rd Bombardment Group, U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.

Greencastle airfield was built in 1942 south of the fishing village of Kilkeel, Northern Ireland, as an RAF bomber Operational Training Unit but was transferred to USAAF control on 3 August 1943 and was then used as a training base. From 3 December 1943 until September 1944 it was used by the 4th Gunnery and Tow Target Flight with Havocs, Lysanders and Vengeance A-35Bís in the B-24 gunnery school.

On 3 March 1944 the Havoc I AX924 of the 4th GGTF crashed 6 miles north of the airfield on a dry bombing run over auxilliary range. The pilot, 1st Lt George Chesley Woodman, and his passenger, S/Sgt Ovis P Courville, were killed. Both airmen was buried first in the Lisnabreeny Former American Military Cemetery in England. The cemetery closed in 1948 and their remains were exhumed and transferred. 1LT Woodman is buried now in the East Northwood Cemetery, Northwood, Rockingham County, New Hampshire, USA.

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