John Patrick Wood

Memorial: Cold Ashton - Holy Trinity Church

Regiment: Royal Air Force

Medals: 1939–45 Star, War Medal 1939–1945

Rank and number: Sergeant Pilot 785021

Parents: Canon George Robert Wood and Mrs Kathleen Ethel Wood

Home address: Cold Ashton Rectory, Chippenham

Pre-war occupation: Worked in import/export

Date of birth: 24/08/1913

Place of birth: Almonsbury, Bristol

Date of death: 08/09/1941

Buried/Commemorated at: Buried at Berlin War Cemetery, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf, Berlin, Germany and commemorated at Holy Trinity Church Cold Ashton

Age: 28

Further information:

Regiment: 51 squadron, RAF.

He joined the RAF in 1940 and trained in Canada. He was posted back to England and stationed at RAF Dishforth North Yorkshire. On the day of his death he and four fellow crew members were flying Whitley V aircraft Z6744 taking part in a night bombing raid over Berlin. The aircraft was lost over the target area and crashed killing all five crew. In the cemetery, where they are all buried, approximately 80 per cent of the graves belong to airmen who were lost in the air raids over Berlin and the towns in eastern Germany. One of John’s older brothers Stephen, a fire-fighter, died on duty during the Bristol Blitz the year before John.

Note – On the memorial as Patrick Wood.

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This information has been provided by Sarah Hands, Volunteer Researcher for the South Gloucestershire War Memorials Web Site.
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