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Patrick Henry Woodruff

In memory of:

Wing Commander Patrick Henry Woodruff

February 27, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

39806

Age:

32

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Air Force

Division:

R.A.F. (V.R.). 32 Sqdn.

Citation(s):

Distinguished Service Order, Awarded as per London Gazette dated 20 March 1945 " This officer has shown the very highest qualities of leadership, courage and devotion to duty. He has led his wing on numerous hazardous missions and on these sorties has shared in the destruction of two He.111s on the ground and at least two complete trains, eleven engines and many other railway and tracked vehicles. His determination in pressing home his attacks against ground targets defended by extremely intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire has instilled confidence in the pilots of the squadron and has resulted in a high standard of efficiency and morale. He has, by his tireless energy, courage and sense of responsibility made a very marked contribution to the successes attained against the enemy." Distinguished Flying Cross, Awarded as per London Gazette dated 23 June 1942 "On the 17th May, 1942, this officer led a formation of bomber aircraft in the attack on the German cruiser "Prinz Eugen". Despite interference from enemy fighters Wing Commander Woodruff accomplished his task in a skilful and determined manner. Throughout, he showed great leadership and determination. He has commanded the squadron since May 1941, and by his personal example has contributed largely to its high standard of operational efficiency". Mentioned in Despatches, Mention in Despatches - Overseas - Award effective 14 January 1944 as per London Gazette of that date.

Additional Information


Born:

May 11, 1912
Edmonton, Alberta

Son of Seem and Claire Woodruff, of Victoria, British Columbia; husband of Helen Mary Woodruff, of Giles, Buckinghamshire, England.

Commemorated on Page 608 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

4. B. 13.

Location:

PHALERON WAR CEMETERY lies a few kilometres to the south-east of Athens, at the boundary between old Phaleron district and Kalamaki district. It is on the coast road from Athens to Vouliaghmen, 5 kilometres west of the international airport. The cemetery is closed on Sundays and local public holidays. The Athens Memorial stands in the cemetery.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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