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Personnel

Capt

Woodrow W. MCGILL

Assigned to the 100th Bombardment Group
Location:
Unit: Group
Rank:
Position: Navigator

Additional 100th Service Notes

Status: CPT
Comments: GROUP NAVIGATOR

Comments and Notes

Memo 1:
CREW

Capt. Woodrow McGill was original cadre with the 487th Bomb Group. He served as the 487th BG Group Navigator and was transferred to the 100th Bomb Group.


On September 10, 1944, Capt. Woodrow W. "Woody" McGill flew with Major Rosenthal as lead Navigator. The A/C was shot down and crash landed in recently liberated France. French Farmers picked up the crew and got them to a road where the Red Cross picked them up. Louis Quijada flew WG position and Bill Terminello was Pilot.


CREW

2ND LT WILLIAM F. TERMINELLO, JR. P CPT 26 OCT 44 HANOVER,TANK WKS & MISBURG, OIL REF
2ND LT JOSEPH TRAPNELL CP CPT 25 DEC 44 KAISERLAUTERN, MY TAPS:1987 (FLEW FOR EASTERN AIRLINES)
2ND LT STEWART J. GILLISON NAV POW 03 FEB 45 BERLIN (WITH MAJ ROSENTHAL AS COMMAND PILOT)
2ND LT FRANK A. RUBICK BOM NOC
S/SGT LOUIS QUIJADA ROG CPT 10 SEP 44 NURNBURG
S/SGT RUSSELL L. HEGER TTE CPT 10 SEP 44 NURNBURG TAPS: 14 FEB 1988
SGT ROBERT J. HANSER LWG NOC
SGT JAMES M. JONES RWG NOC
SGT THOMAS A. PALMER BTG CPT 10 SEP 44 NURNBURG TAPS: 7 NOV 1993
SGT GEORGE J. HARTOS TG CPT 10 SEP 44 NURNBURG TAPS: 26 MAR 1971

349TH SQDN.. CREW JOINED THE 100TH ON 26 MAY 1944. TRAPNELL LATER HAD HIS OWN CREW.
10 SEP 44 THIS CREW WITH ROSENTHAL AS COMMAND PILOT CRASHED LANDED IN FRANCE..jb
AFTER 9 MISSIONS THIS CREW ASSIGNED TO LEAD CREW TRAINING. 2ND LT JOSEPH TRAPNELL WAS ASSIGNED HIS OWN CREW AND WE LOST TWO GUNNERS (SGT HANSER AND SGT JONES) TO MAKE ROOM FOR A FORMATION OFFICER AND A RADAR OPERATOR (MICKEY). SGT PALMER AND SGT HARTOS BECAME WAIST GUNNERS ON THE LEAD CREW.

"AS A PATHFINDER (PFF) CREW, WE WERE STATIONED AT HORHAM (HOME OF THE 95TH BG AND 13TH COMBAT WING HQ). HORHAM WAS THE ONLY BASE EQUIPPED TO SERVICE THE RADAR EQUIPMENT IN THE 13TH CBW. ON A MISSION DAY, WE WOULD HAVE TO GET UP EARLY, FLY OVER TO THORPE ABBOTTS, FLY THE MISSION, GO THROUGH DEBRIEFING AND THEN FLY BACK TO HORHAM. THIS MADE FOR A LONG DAY AND WE WERE NOW SEPERATED FROM OUR BUDDIES IN THE 349TH, THIS DID NOT MAKE US HAPPY." (LOUIS QUIJADA FROM HIS BOOK "RED WHITE AND BLUE PARACHUTES")

MISSION LIST OF S/SGT LOUIS QUIJADA (mpf 2001)

DATE MISSION COMMAND PILOT

1. 02/06/44 BOULOGNE
2. 05/06/44 ABBEVILLE
3, 06/06/44 CAEN, D-DAY
4. 06/06/44 FALAISE
5. 08/06/44 TOURS
6. 12/06/44 ROSIERES/DUNKIRK
7. 15/06/44 WILSTER
8. 18/06/44 BRUNSBUTTELKOOG
9. 19/06/44 CORME ECLUSE
10. 07/07/44 GOTTINGEM
11. 08/07/44 LELENTS
12. 11/07/44 MUNICH
13. 12/07/44 MUNICH
14. 14/07/44 NEUVILLE MAQUIS SUPPLY DROP
15. 17/07/44 NO-BALL
16. 04/08/44 HAMBURG
17. 05/08/44 MAGDEBURG MAJ. ZELLER
18. 14/08/44 LUDWIGSHAVEN CAPT. GORSKI
19. 15/08/44 VENLO MAJ. ROSENTHAL
20. 24/08/44 RUHLAND MAJ. EMBERSON
21. 25/08/44 POLITZ COL. PRICE
22. 26/08/44 BREST COL TOM JEFFREY
23. 30/08/44 BREMEN
24. 09/09/44 DUSSELDORF
25. 10/10/44 NURNBURG MAJ. ROBERT ROSENTHAL

LEAD CREW SEPTEMBER 10, 1944, NURNBURG PFF A/C 42-97770

MAJOR ROBERT "ROSIE" ROSENTHAL COM P
1ST LT WILLIAM F. TERMINELLO, JR P
1ST LT MELVIN KODAS FORMATION OFFICER/TAIL GUNNER
2ND LT STEWART J. GILLISON NAV
CAPT. WOODROW W. "WOODY" MCGILL COM NAV
LT GREGORY MADDOX RAD
2ND LT FRANK RUBICK BOM
S/SGT RUSSELL L. HEGER TTE
S/SGT LOUIS QUIJADA ROG
SGT THOMAS A. PALMER WG
SGT GEORGE J. HARTOS WG

I am new to this forum. My name is David McGill and I am the youngest son of Capt. McGill who served in the 100th as the Group Navigator. Not sure when he first was transferred to the 100th, but his tenure as Group navigator ended when he was injured in the crash landing on 10 Sep 44 of the B-17 commanded by "Rosie" Rosenthal. It was his 13th combat mission. As Group Navigator, he only flew when the 100th lead the whole mission. Even though his only injury was a broken leg, it was a severe compound fracture and he ended up with his leg in a cast for 3 years (long story there).
His account of that incident, as I remember it, is as follows. I don't know details as to exactly where the mission was headed, but it was supposed to be a "Milk Run"… what they called missions where there was not expected to be much resistance in the way of flak or fighters. After dropping their bombs, they started to return to England on much the same route as they had come. Apparently, AAA had been moved into position on barges on a river. They were hit and started to lose power and altitude. The pilot (Rosenthal?) ordered everything that wasn't nailed down jettisoned to make the plane lighter and so make it further towards home. As they lost more altitude and it seemed they would have to land, a clear field was selected and the landing attempted. The plane being much lighter than usual, the clear field was over shot. Upon landing, the plane entered a wooded area and mowed down many trees before striking a creek bank or dyke. As my father told it, after the plane came to a rest, he was about the only one conscious. On impact, his leg flew up and hit the brace for the top turret, snapping it cleanly at the top of his flight boot. Shortly he noticed some French farmers approaching the plane smoking cigarettes. He said the gas fumes were so thick he could hardly breathe and he feared a fire. He did not know French, but he did know a little Spanish, so he yelled out "No Fumar!" They got the message and extinguished their cigarettes. They started getting the men out of the plane. My father said that when they started to drag him out of the plane, he could see his leg flopping around as if there was another joint in the middle of his lower left leg. This caused extreme pain and he passed out. When he came to, he was being loaded onto an old truck (Model T) which had no fuel and so was being drawn by a mule. The whole crew was eventual returned to England. The longest any of the others were out of action was 6 weeks. And as mentioned above, my father had his leg in a cast for 3 years.

Anyway, I just wanted to say hello to everyone. Also, if anyone here has any knowledge of incidents involving my father, I would love to hear them. There are a few stories that he told me that I would love to corroborate. He died in '95 so I can't reconfirm the stories he told when I was younger. One in particular (besides the crash) that has always stood out in my mind is of a particular mission that was saved by a mysterious lone P-51. On the way to their intended target on this mission, they spotted a formation of German fighters about to pounce on them. As they watched them tensely, waiting for them to make their move, one of them suddenly burst into flames. A lone P-51 had gotten the jump on them. He came in on their 6 from high above. After shooting the first one down as he passed through their formation, he pulled up and got another as he came up from below. The rest scattered and never fired a shot at the planes of the 100th. Upon returning to England, my father said he tried in vain to find out who that pilot was so he could at least buy him a drink if not a whole bottle. He was never able to find out who it was.

Well that's it for now.

David McGill
Dallas (Carrollton), TX

MISSIONS OF CAPT WOODROW W. "WOODY" MCGILL

Date Crew Nbr Mission Nbr Last Name Initial Rank Position Aircraft Nbr Target
5/23/1944 16 120 MCGILL (NAV) W.W. CAPT COM 97829 TROYES
7/13/1944 65 159 MCGILL W.W. CAPT NAV 37812 MUNICH (JET ENGINES)
7/14/1944 09 160 MCGILL (NAV) W.W. CAPT COM 37823 SOUTH OF FRANCE
7/21/1944 65 165 MCGILL W.W. CAPT NAV 37812 REGENSBURG
7/24/1944 65 166 MCGILL W.W. CAPT NAV 37815 ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
7/25/1944 65 167 MCGILL W.W. CAPT NAV 37815 ST LO (GND SUPPORT)
8/27/1944 PFF 186 MCGILL (NAV) W.W. CAPT PFF BERLIN (RECALL)
9/10/1944 PFF 193 MCGILL (NAV) W.W. CAPT PFF 770 NURNBURG


100thBG Question Submission messages
= 240email = m_palmer@mindspring.comuname
= Mark Palmer comments = If this is the correct form, please add my father to the list:
Thomas A. PalmerTerminello Crew/Terrible Termite
Died: Nov. 7, 1993

Crew List

1st Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
Lt Col ROSENTHAL, Robert P CPT
CAPT MCGILL, Woodrow W. NAV CPT
2nd Crew List

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Rank Name Pos Status
LT MADDOX, Gregory RAD NOC
CAPT TRAPNELL, Joseph CP/P CPT
Lt TERMINELLO, William F. P CPT
Lt GILLISON, Stewart J. NAV REC
CAPT MCGILL, Woodrow W. NAV CPT
Lt RUBICK, Frank A. NAV NOC
T/Sgt HEGER, Russell TTE CPT
T/Sgt QUIJADA, Louis ROG CPT
S/SGT PALMER, Thomas A. BTG CPT
S/SGT HANSER, Robert J. WG DUR
S/Sgt JONES, James M. WG NOC
S/Sgt HARTOS, George J. TG CPT