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Woodis Roe S.

Monuments

B-17 42-31594

Name:
Roe S. Woodis
Rank:
Sergeant
Serial Number:
14041959
Unit:
751st Bomber Squadron, 457th Bomb Group
Date of Death:
0000-00-00
State:
Alabama
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Sgt Roe S. Woodis, tail gunner of the B-17 42-31594 “Sweater Out”, took off from station 130 in Glatton, Cambridgeshire, UK on a bombing mission over Ludwigshaven and Mannheim’s marshalling yards. Enroute the group was attacked by 50 or 60 German Me-109s. The plane’s right wing was shot off in the attack, going into a tight spin from which it did not recover. Lt Whitlow and SSgt Isker did not survive. They were initially buried in the Bergheim cemetery. Woodis bailed out at 20000 feet and landed near a major city, trekking 5 days to reach Epinal where some locals gave him food and sent him towards Switzerland. It took him two days to get there. He was taken prisoner by the Swiss and questioned in various prisons. Finally he was released but ordered not to leave. Once the Allies invaded southern France he decided to link up with them and eventually got back to the UK. His full E&E #1579 can be found at http://media.nara.gov/nw/305270/EE-1579.pdf.