Maj Carrol S. Woods

Maj Carrol S. Woods

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Death 20 Nov 2007 (aged 87–88)
Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Burial Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 57512453 · View Source
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IN MAY 1949 THEY WERE THE THE VERY FIRST U. S. AIR FORCE TOP GUN PILOTS
332nd Fighter Group - Awarded First Place In The Conventional (Propeller) Aircraft Division

*** THE TUSKEGEE AIRMEN ***

"Top Gun Commander" - Captain Alva Temple

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Obit is from the Air Force Times:

"MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Retired Air Force Maj. Carrol S. Woods, a decorated member of the Tuskegee Airmen who was honored with his colleagues this year in Washington, died after a battle with cancer. He was 88.

Services for Woods will be held Tuesday at Washington Chapel AME Church in Tuskegee. Woods, of Montgomery, died on Nov. 20.

Woods was among the members of the famed fighter group to receive the Congressional Gold Medal from President Bush in a ceremony in April in Washington.

Woods was inducted into the Alabama Military Hall of Fame last year, but his only child, son Carrol S. Woods Jr., said his father never talked much about his experiences serving in the military's first black fighter group in World War II.

"These guys just did their jobs and that kind of forced my father to be a hero," Woods told the Montgomery Advertiser, which reported the death Monday. "All through elementary school, I had no idea my father had been a fighter pilot."

Woods' plane was shot down over Greece in October 1944. He was a prisoner of war until April 1945 when Gen. George Patton and his army reached the POW camp in Greece.

Woods' friend and fellow Tuskegee Airman, Lt. Col. Herbert E. Carter, also of Montgomery, flew in the 99th fighter squadron of the 332nd fighter group. Woods flew more than 100 missions before retiring from the Air Force.

"We lost a gentleman who gave the early part of his life to the defense of this country," Carter said.

Almost 1,000 pilots trained as a segregated Army Air Corps unit in Tuskegee during World War II. The Tuskegee Airmen were known as the "Red Tails" for the color of the tails of their fighters."


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  • Find A Grave Memorial 57512453
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Maj Carrol S. Woods (1919–20 Nov 2007), Find A Grave Memorial no. 57512453, citing Greenwood Cemetery, Montgomery, Montgomery County, Alabama, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .