16.03.1944 No. 401 Squadron Spitfire IX MJ119 F/O. Woodhouse
Operation: Ramrod 661
Date: 16th March 1944 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 401 Squadron (Mors celerrima hostibus - Very swift death for the enemy)
Type: Spitfire IX
Base: RAF Biggin Hill
Location: South East Amiens, France
Pilot: F/O. Kenneth B. Woodhouse J/18080 RCAF Age ? Evaded
We are extremely grateful to François Dutil (438 Squadron Archivist) for supplying photographs and information to Aircrew Remembered in October 2017. All photographs shown within this page are available to relatives at a higher resolution (as are most of those named within this page) - courtesy of François.
REASON FOR LOSS:
During Ramrod 661 (Abbeville) in the afternoon of the 16th March the engine failed on the Spitfire flown by Ken Woodhouse. He baled out safely south-east of Amiens and prepared to evade capture and return to England.
Having travelled by various means with the assistance from the Shelburn Line he made his way via Paris to to Guingamp then in the early hours on the 24th March the group of thirty made their way down to the beach to be picked up by Motor Gun Boat 503, Operation Bonaparte V. 7 hours later they were in England.
The group included 5 RAF Airman, 21 USAAF, 2 Frenchmen from the active Plouha group. Amazing that it only took 8 days from the time he baled out of his Spitfire and to returning to Dartmouth, England.
Above: L-R: William Robert McLellan R/113865 - missing on a flight from Gibraltar on an Albemarle, Sgt, Benson and F/O. Ken Woodhouse.
The MHDOIF: Most Highly Derogatory Order of the Irremovable Finger award - above F/O. Ken Woodhouse receives his from Sgt. Chapin (also a holder of the MHDOIF) Further investigation continues as to what happened!
None - survived the war
Researched and dedicated to the relatives of this pilot with thanks to Francois Dutil, WW2 Escape Lines Memorial Society, other sources as quoted below:
Right: MHDOIF award.