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JOHN M. WOODARD - 358th BS
(crew assigned 358BS: 15 Feb 1945 - photo: 16 March 1945)

(Back L-R) 2Lt John M. Woodard (P), 2Lt Bob Laubhan (CP),
2Lt Floyd E. Moeller (N), S/Sgt Dennis E. Foreman, Jr. (R)

(Front L-R) Sgt Joe "John" Mills (WG), S/Sgt Glen B. Walley (E), Sgt Walter E. Sloan (BT),
Sgt Robert H. Johnson (TG), Sgt Thomas W. Jackson (TOG)

(Ranks and grades at time of last combat mission.)

Thirty credited Combat mission flown by 2Lt John M. Woodard:
322 (24 Feb 1944), 326(AS), 327, 328, 331, 332, 334, 335, 336, 339, 340, 341, 342, 347, 348, 350, 354, 357, 358, 359, 360, 362, 363, 364 (25 April 1945).
(AS) Credited abortive sortie - no bombs dropped. For mission dates and targets see Combat Missions.

Crew Notes:

  • 2Lt John M. Woodard (P) - 25 credited missions. First mission (322) flown as CoPilot with the 2Lt Joseph V. Leach crew. Four missions flown as CoPilot with crew CoPilot, 2Lt Bob Laubhan flying as Pilot (355, 359, 360, 362). All other 20 missions flown with his assigned crew as First Pilot. Last mission on 25 April 1945.
  • 2Lt Bob Laubhan (CP) - 24 credited missions. All missions flown with 2Lt Woodard four mission flown in Pilot seat (355, 359, 360, 362). Last mission on 25 April 1945.
  • 1Lt Floyd E. Moeller (N) - 17 credited missions; With 2Lt Woodard crew (8 missions - 326, 327, 328, 339, 342, 347, 348, 350); With other Pilots (9 missions - 335, 340(LC), 343, 351, 352(LC), 354, 356(LC), 362, 364(DLC) - (LC) Lead crewman, (DLC) Deputy Lead Crew). Last mission on 25 April 1945.
  • Sgt Joe J. "John" Mills (WG) - 8 credited missions: With 2Lt Woodard (7 missions - 328, 331, 334, 335, 340, 348 {As BTG} ). Last mission on 30 March 1945. Crew flew without a Waist gunner after 11 March 1945 except for mission 340 where a Waist Gunner was used.
  • Sgt Thomas W. Jackson (TOG), S/Sgt Glen B. Walley (E), S/Sgt Dennis E. Foreman, Jr. (R), Sgt Walter E. Sloan (BTG), Sgt Robert H. Johnson (TG) - All flew 24 credited missions - All with crew Pilot 2Lt John M. Woodard. Last mission on 25 April 1945.
B-17G Aircraft flown by 2Lt John M. Woodard on his 25 combat missions;
Had no regularly assigned B-17. Flew combat missions on sixteen different B-17s.

[photo courtesy of John Mills]
[Researched by Harry D. Gobrecht, 303rdBGA Historian Emeritus]



2LT JOHN M. WOODARD AND CAPT ROGER L. KUYKENDALL CREWS AND GROUND CREW
(S/Sgt Christ M. Chrisitoff, back far right)

[photo courtesy of Christ M. Christoff]