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Douglas R. Woodworth diary, 1944-1945.

Author/creator Woodworth, Douglas R.
Format Archival & Manuscript Material
Description0.073 cubic ft.
Supplemental Content Finding aid
Scope and content In his diary (11 April 1944 to 20 May 1945) Sgt. Woodworth discusses his travel to England, which includes an anecdote about a German submarine using bogus signals to misdirect American bombers, descriptions of the natives and environments of Dakar, Senegal, and Marrakech, Morocco, and details regarding a bomber crew that crashed in the Upper Amazon region and was beheaded by native headhunters; his participation in 13 bombing missions over France and Germany, including destinations and targets, his misgivings about his activities, and insight into the mental and physical straight of being on a bomber crew. He also describes his mission on "D-Day," 6 June 1944. Also of interest is a copy of a clipping from Stars and Stripes which briefly describes the operation of dropping propaganda leaflets behind enemy lines.
Access restrictionNo access restrictions.
Cite as Douglas R. Woodworth Diary (#333), Special Collections Department, J. Y. Joyner Library, East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA.
Reproduction notePhotocopy. Greenville, N.C. : East Carolina University, 1977.
Terms of useLiterary rights to specific documents are retained by the authors or their descendants in accordance with U.S. copyright law.
Acquisitions source Loaned by Mrs. Douglas R. Woodworth.
Biographical noteSgt. Douglas R. Woodworth, 1st Division of the 8th United State Army Air Force, served with a B-24 bomber crew stationed in England during World War II. Woodworth, who was the radio operator, participated in thirteen bombing missions during May and June of 1944. After being grounded, Woodworth was reassigned to the 406th Squadron, a squadron attached to the Psychological Warfare Department. He spent the remainder of the war involved in communications at the headquarters of the 406th Squadron.

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Joyner Manuscript Collection #333 - DOES NOT CIRCULATE ✔ Available Request Material