1Lt Woodruff J Warren

1Lt Woodruff J Warren

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Death 9 Dec 1944
Burial Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France
Plot J Row 28 Grave 12
Memorial ID 56662053 · View Source
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Woodruff served as a First Lieutenant and pilot of B-17G (#42-97739), 20th Bomber Squadron, 2nd Bomber Group, Heavy, U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II.

He resided in Prince George's County, Maryland prior to the war.

The B-17G that he was on piloting crash landed due to the loss of an engine and fuel leakage after a bombing mission over southern Germany. It crashed near the Czech/Austrian border after attempting to traverse the Alps. It was the airplane's 42nd war mission.

Warren and his crew were murdered by Franz Strasser - Kreisleiter in Kapliz and Captain Karl Lindemeyer, Chief of Police. Their bodies at first were buried in shallow graves in a ditch along the highway near which they were murdered.

In May 1945, the remains of five unknown U.S. airmen were recovered from such graves by the 26th Infantry Division QM Corps and taken on May 28, 1945 to U.S. Military Cemetery No. 1 in Nurnberg, Germany, for burial.

Over the next few weeks, investigation by authorities and comparison with the dental charts of crew members after initial identification of Lt. Warren by a card found in his cap by a witness of the shootings.

After identification, Lt. Woodruff's and Lt. Mayott's families were contacted and granted permission for the remains to be reinterred in the St. Avold cemetery.

Four other crewmen, detained separately, were POW's through the end of the war. Strasser was hanged by the Americans in January 1946. Lindemeyer died a suicide after World War II in Czechoslovakia.

Woodruff, along with the below noted four crew members, were designated as "Killed In Action" during the war. Woodruff was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with one Oak Leaf Cluster and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-755803

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The other crew members that were murdered included:

Cox, Joseph A., S/Sgt
Hart, Donald L., 1st Lt
Mayott, George Damon, 2nd Lt, Radar-bombardier
Pinto, Frank, T/Sgt

Gravesite Details Entered the service from Maryland.

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  • Maintained by: Russ Pickett
  • Originally Created by: War Graves
  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56662053
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1Lt Woodruff J Warren (unknown–9 Dec 1944), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56662053, citing Lorraine American Cemetery and Memorial, Saint-Avold, Departement de la Moselle, Lorraine, France ; Maintained by Russ Pickett (contributor 46575736) .