A CREW CHIEF'S VIEW
A pictorial and written documentary of Army Air Corps life inside one of the most famous Fighter Groups of WWII:
The 354th 'Pioneer' Mustang Fighter Group.
As a late depression era 26 year old, Lawrence Wood worked at Ford Motor Company in Chicago, 350 miles from his hometown of Ft. Dodge Iowa.
His immediate enlistment after Dec. 7th 1941 made him a top pick for the Army Air Corps trainable airplane mechanics that would eventually tend the “Pioneering” North American P-51 Mustang Fighter.
His training, travel, and victories with the 354th Fighter Group have been well documented by many pilot authored books and war statisticians. I wanted to reinforce the crew chief and crews involvement with access to these very insightful and interesting first hand photos and memorabilia.
This book is dedicated to Lawrence A. Wood and the United States Air Forces 354th Fighter Group and all who served in WWII and today.
Hear from Larry, "I'll keep you posted, and photographs to follow"
I am excited about the newest milestone in the efforts to share my book based on my father’s journey’s during the war years of the nineteen forty’s. I will be documenting my journey to Boxted England, near Colchester and visit where my dad was stationed with
The 354th Fighter Group at their first overseas airfield. It is the location of the Boxted Airfield Museum and I’m thrilled at being invited to their 21st year celebration on September 4th and 5th by their curator Richard Turner.
My father last toured the area in 1994 while commemorating 50 years since his first
visit in January 1944. It is where the group received their first P-51B fighters. One P-51 fighter named ‘Sky-Clipper’ was paid for by the workers at the Packard Motor Co. and donated to the war effort. My father S/Sg. Wood received and crewed it. It was piloted by Lt. Bruno ‘Pete’ Peters. The airplane is featured in Chapter 14 of my book, it’s exploits and damage counts were fallowed heavily by the American news outlets of the time. The airfield was also occupied by heavy bomber groups from the RAF and the American 9th
Thanks and I’ll keep you posted.
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