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    Default P/O William George Jack Woodmason DFC

    For a reader of my website, can someone please provide some more information on this individual?

    Specifically, the reader is interested in how he won the DFC, and any details of his last flight. Family lore has it that he went missing on a delivery flight of a Liberator from Canada to the UK, and that sabotage was suspected.

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    Bill, Hi,

    This is possibly yr man:

    Births Mar 1914 (>99%)
    WOODMASON William G J Rattee Ipswich 4a 1901

    Marriages Dec 1941 (>99%)
    Woodmason William G J Robinson Ipswich 4a 3387

    SUPPLEMENT TO THE LONDON GAZETTE, 13 FEBRUARY, 1942
    Distinguished Flying Cross.
    Pilot Officer William George Jack WOODMASON (46823), No. 218 Squadron.

    Air Ministry, nth December, 1942.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH.
    Plt. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts. and to be Flg. Offs. (war subs.): —
    W. J. J. WOODMASON (46823). 24th Sept. 1942. (Note incorrect Forename initials)

    Air- Ministry, 5th< February, 1943.
    ROYAL AIR FORCE.
    The notifn. of nth Dec. 1942 (p. 5392, col. i) •concerning Plt. Off. W. G. J. WOODMASON (46823) is cancelled.

    HTH
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    He is listed in C Christies Ocean Bridge Book

    25 April 42
    Liberator 41-1119
    G/C Herbert Reginald Carefoot, RCAF Pilot
    W/C Mervyn John Cameron Stanley, RAF Pilot
    P/O William George Jack Woodmason, RAF Nav
    Leo Benedict Doherty, Cdn civ RO
    Hamish Ian Douglas, Cdn civ FE
    Lost out of Gander

    As the aircraft was lost on a Ferry Flight there would known reason for the loss. Sabotage keeps coming up but you can be safe in thinking that they ran into bad weather, over consumption of fuel etc. it was a dangerous business.

    You should suggest to them that they should get the Service record for G/C Carefoot RCAF to see what if any investigation was carried out.
    Dennis Burke
    - Dublin

    Foreign Aircrew and Aircraft Ireland 1939-1945
    www.ww2irishaviation.com

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    Fairly high-ranked "front-office" crew? Bit odd? The Gruppenfuhrer's docs may be revealing?
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    Peter Davies
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    WOODMASON, William George Jack, P/O (46823, Royal Air Force) - No.218 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 13 February 1942. Air Ministry Bulletin 6298 has citation. See also RAF Quarterly, June 1942.

    "This officer participated in the squadron's operational activities in France and afterwards when it operated from this country. He has shown himself to be an outstanding navigator/bomb aimer, whose efficiency, devotion to duty and coolness in action have enabled his crew to carry out highly successful raids on long distance targets such as Berlin, Stettin and Turin in difficult weather conditions.

    "On one occasion, whilst attacking Duisburg, one engine of his aircraft was put out of action by enemy shellfire. Nevertheless, his captain jettisoned all moveable gear and kept the aircraft flying, and Pilot Officer Woodmason navigated it back to base where a safe landing was made."

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    Thanks everybody.

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