Callahan, Woodrow, TSgt

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Last Rank
Technical Sergeant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
M 0748-Airplane Mechanic-Gunner, Flight Engineer
Last AFSC Group
Primary Unit
1943-1944, M 0748, 715th Bombardment Group, Heavy
Service Years
1941 - 1944
Technical Sergeant

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Casualty Info
Home Town
Last Address
Seething Air Station, England

Casualty Date
Jan 05, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery - Spence, Georgia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unit Assignments
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)Advancement Schools and Courses448th Bombardment Group, Heavy715th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1941-1942, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
  1942-1943, M 0737, Basic Flight Engineer Course
  1943-1943, M 0737, 448th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1943, M 0748, 448th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1943-1944, M 0748, 715th Bombardment Group, Heavy
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1943 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Rhineland Campaign (1944-45)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-24 Liberator  
  1943-1944, B-24 Liberator
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Last Known Activity
TSgt Woodrow Callahan was supposedly born in Spence,Georgia on March 8, 1919. He was the son of Thomas J. Callahan, who died in 1934. No NARA enlistment record could be found for Callahan, so details are scarce. One source gives his Army Serial Number as one that was issued prior to Pearl Harbor; therefore, his service could have existed from before World War II.

The first record of his military service appears when he was assigned to the combat training crew headed by Lt, Graham Guyton at the newly-activated 448th Bomb Group in Sioux City, Iowa in 1943. The crew deployed overseas in November 1943 where they were assigned to the 715th Bomb Squadron of the Group, operating from Seething Air Station, England.

Combat missions were began in December 1943. It is listed that the crew flew 15 missions. On January 5, 1944, they were shot down by enemy aircraft while engaged in bombing targets at Kiel, Germany. The aircraft crashed near Kiel, killing all but 2 of the crew.

These two survivors were taken prisoner. The remaining crew was recovered from the wreckage and buried on January 7, 1944 in the New Horst Cemetery, graves 309-311. After the war, Sgt Callahan was returned to the U.S. and buried in the churchyard at Macedonia Baptist Church in Spence, Georgia.


TSgt Woodrow Callahan was the flight engineer and top turret gunner on B-24H # 41-29234, unnamed with no nose art, assigned to the 715th Bomb Squadron.

Missing Air Crew Report 2517 identifies the crew as:

1 Lt Graham G. Guyton    p
2 Lt Thomas R. Allen    c-p
2 Lt Richard M. Wheelock   nav
2 Lt Pickney W. Seiders   bomb
TSgt Woodrow Callahan    eng/tt gun
SSgt Richard L. Kinot    r/o
SSgt Dennis C. Quinland    asst eng
SSgt Kenneth Ciolek   btg
Sgt Josh K. Askew    lwg
SSgt Clark K. Bradley, Jr  rwg

The two survivors were Lts. Allen and Wheelock.

One source gives Askew's nme as "Makow." Although the image of the MACR is smudged, it is plain the spelling is "Askew."

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