361st FG - Enlargement Page

Lt. Donald T. Woodward of the 376th Squadron had a lucky escape while flying Lt. Bill May’s assigned P-51B 42-106754, E9:M on 27 May 1944. Shortly after taking off from Bottisham for a bomber escort mission, he was forced to make a belly landing near Bartlow because of a mechanical failure. However, the Mustang quickly caught fire but, mercifully, he was rescued with only minor injuries before the plane exploded. (May)