Sub Lieutenant [A]

Clive Eustace Woodward

Conflict: 
WW2
Additional Information: 

Son of Arnold Adler Woodward and Eileen Vere Woodward, of Whakatane, Auckland, New Zealand.

References:
  • CWGC
NZ WAR GRAVES

Public Contributions:

Submitted by: Hugh Ramsay
Relationship to casualty: None
Sub-Lieutenant (Acting) Clive Eustace Woodward was killed in action on 24th August 1944 during Operation Goodwood, an attack by elements of the Fleet Air Arm flying from aircraft carriers of British ... Read More
Sub-Lieutenant (Acting) Clive Eustace Woodward was killed in action on 24th August 1944 during Operation Goodwood, an attack by elements of the Fleet Air Arm flying from aircraft carriers of British Home Fleet against the German battleship Tirpitz anchored in a Norwegian fjord. He was flying a Chance Vought Corsair II allocated to 1842 Naval Air Squadron. Four aircraft from this unit were lost on that date. Serial Nr. JT309, JT310, JT470 & JT606 and my efforts to establish which pilot was flying which of these aircraft continues. Extreme qualities of bravery and determination must have been needed for such an operation because of heavy defences encountered and low-level nature of the attack meaning escape from a critically damaged aircraft would have been all but impossible. Pilots flying these missions were generally inexperienced thereby adding to the danger. The aircraft itself was very powerful and possessed a number of challenging flying characteristics particularly during landing operations with many accidents occurring. Age of the pilots lost were 20, 21, 23 or similar. Terribly young to be entrusted with such a responsibility and faced with such a daunting mission. Makes you truly respect their supreme effort & sacrifice.


Personal Tributes:

Casualty

Name:
Clive Eustace Woodward
Rank: 
Sub Lieutenant
Additional Rank:
A
Date of Birth:
Not known
Date of Enlistment:
Not known
Armed Force: 
Navy
Unit:
Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve, HMS Formidable, 1841 (FAA) Squadron

Casualty Details

Cause of Death:
Not known
Date of Death:
24 August 1944
Day of Death:
Thursday
Age at Death: 
23
Conflict: 
WW2

Embarkation Details

Embarkation Body:
Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve

Text in italics supplied by Cenotaph Online, Auckland War Memorial Museum

Cemetery

Cemetery: 
Cemetery Reference: 
Nn. B. 7.
Cemetery Location: 
Norway
Clive Eustace Woodward
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