Personnel Index - Detail

Name
WOODROFFE
First Names
John
Rank
Flight Lieutenant
Service
RAF
Service Number
40777
Crew Position
Pilot
Posting Details
Posted in 2/44 and out 3/44

 

Awarded the DSO and DFC.

Flew 9 operations with 49Sqn.

Later became a Master BomberIn 1957 he was the Station Commanding Officer at Wittering while 49 Squadron were there and was killed in an air crash in Florida. 

He is buried in the Wittering All Saints Churchyard.

49Sqn Association


F/L Woodroffe (LHS) with Guy Gibson and G/C Anthony Caron Evans-Evans DFC who was the base commander at Conningsby.
The picture was probably taken at what is now the Petwood Hotel.
 


 

In 9th October 1957 he was flying in a USAF DB47-B Stratojet of the 321st Bomber Wing based at Pinecastle AFB, Florida when he aircraft blew up in mid-air.



Others killed were:
Col Michael McCoy 321st Wing C.O
Lt Col Charles Joyce Deputy for Operation of the Wing
Major Vernon D. Stuff
Grp Cpt John Woodroffe DSO, DFC bar. RAF

He was overseeing a bombing competition in which the RAF had Valiant aircraft taking part.