43-6275           P51

 

On 25 August 1944 a North American Aircraft P-51A Mustang, # 43-6275, assigned to 10th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, 528th Fighter Squadron, departed its airfield at Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, on a ferry mission to Mohanbari, India. The flight was IFR. The pilot was 1stLt James L. Woodcock, # 0-796748. It was last seen by 2ndLt Joseph J. Reichart, 0-693325 and 2ndLt Richard H. Newcomb, 0-692705.

 

WOODCOCK, JAMES L., First Lieutenant, # 0-796748, USAAF

 

James L. Woodcock was born in White Plains, New York, on 29 December 1920 to Reginald Vetruvious Woodcock (1892-1963) (NY)and Edith A. (Simons) Woodcock (1888-1964) (married in 1918, NJ). Siblings included Ann (Woodcock) Coonrod (1923-1985).

 

He enlisted in the USAAF in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on 28 January 1942. He completed flight instruction through advanced schools and earned his commission and fighter pilot wings. He was sent overseas to India. On 25 August 1944 a P-51A, # 43-6275, assigned to 10th Air Force, 311th Fighter Group, 528th Fighter Squadron, departed its airfield at Tingkawk-Sakan, Burma, on a ferry mission to Mohanbari, India. The flight was IFR. It was last seen by 2ndLt Joseph J. Reichart, 0-693325 and 2ndLt Richard H. Newcomb, 0-692705. He is remembered on the tablets of the missing in the Manila American Cemetery & Memorial, Philippines. He was awarded the Purple Heart, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal.

 

His father, born 24 December 1894, served in the U.S. Army, Private, # 3204009, 348th Infantry Regiment, Company E, from 24 June 1918 to 10 March 1919. He served overseas from 25 August 1918 to 4 March 1919. He died 1 December 1963 and is buried in the Hillside Cemetery, Roslyn, Montgomery Co., Pennsylvania.