27th May 1942 81 Squadron Spitfire Vb BM467 P/O. Woodhead
Date: 27th May 1942 (Wednesday)
Unit: No. 81 Squadron (motto: Non Solum Nobis - 'Not for us alone'). 11 Group
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Hornchurch, Essex
Location: East Woods Rise
Pilot: P/O. Robert Martin Woodhead J/8156 RCAF Age 21. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
Weather conditions: Low cloud, rain and gusts.
Taking off at 11:00 hrs on a a cine gun practice exercise BM467 collided with Spitfire Vb BM518 flown by 29 year old, Sgt. Tadeusz Bubes.
P/O. Woodhead was killed when his Spitfire crashed at location shown at 11:40 hrs.
Incredibly Sgt. Bubes managed to return to Hornchurch 10 minutes later despite the almost complete loss of aileron control.
Tadeusz Bubes 793841 PAF - born 10th October 1913 at Lwów in Poland. (now Ukraine) Escaped via Romania to France, later to England. After training joined 306 squadron in January 1941. Joined 81 squadron on the 29th March 1942. Posted to 316 squadron on the 07th July 1942 then to 182 squadron on the 28th September 1942. Survived the war and settled in England. Already a British citizen he changed his name by deed poll to Edward Tadeusz Bubess on the 09th January 1959. Lived at Frearson House, 134 Chewton Street, New Eastwood, Nottingham. Died on the 09th May 1988 age 75, buried at Newark-on-Trent.
P/O. Robert Martin Woodhead. Warmfield Churchyard Extension (St. Peter) (left). Row U. Grave 11. Born on the 31st January 1921 at Wapella, Canada. Prior to enlisting on the 15th January 1940 at Wapella he worked at Bragg stores as a clerk. Son of William Martin Woodhead (died 1960, age 68) and Clara Annie Woodhead (née Teal - died in 1962, age 93), of Kirkthorpe, Wakefield, West Yorkshire. Grave inscription: 'Beloved Son Of William M And Clara A. Woodhead. Formerly Of This Parish'.
Woodhead Lake, in Saskatchewan, Canada was named after P/O. Woodhead
Paradie Canadian Archive
Allied Losses & Incidents Database
Archiwum: Polish Air Force Database
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