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Service:Royal Australian Air Force
Service Number:408463
Rank:Flying Officer
Date of Birth:26 December 1922
Place of Birth:Deloraine, Tasmania, Australia
Decorations:Member of the Order of Australia
Distinguished Flying Cross
Legion of Honour (France)
Units:No. 460 Squadron, RAAF
No. 2 Air Navigation School, RAAF
No. 2 Air Observers School, RAAF
No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School, RAAF
No. 27 Operational Training Unit, RAF


Member of the Order of AustraliaDistinguished Flying Cross1939-45 StarFrance and Germany Star
Defence Medal1939-45 War MedalAustralian Service Medal 1939-45Legion of Honour (France)


19 June 1942Enlisted with the Royal Australian Air Force.
Aircraftman 2nd Class on Enlistment.
Posted to No. 1 Initial Training School, RAAF, Somers.
12 September 1942Promoted to Leading Aircraftman.
16 September 1942Posted to No. 2 Air Observers School, RAAF, Mount Gambier.
14 December 1942Posted to No. 2 Bombing and Gunnery School, RAAF, West Sale.
7 February 1943Posted to No. 2 Air Navigation School, RAAF, Nhill.
4 March 1943Promoted to Sergeant.
18 March 1943Posted to No. 1 Embarkation Depot, RAAF, Ascot Vale.
1 May 1943Posted to No. 2 Embarkation Depot, RAAF, Sydney.
5 May 1943Embarked at Brisbane.
7 July 1943Disembarked United Kingdom.
Posted to No. 11 Personnel Despatch and Reception Centre, RAF.
4 September 1943Promoted to Flight Sergeant.
9 November 1943Posted to RAF Station West Freugh.
4 January 1944Posted to No. 27 Operational Training Unit, RAAF.
10 April 1944Posted to 11 Base, RAF.
13 June 1944Posted to No. 460 Squadron, RAAF.
4 September 1944Promoted to Warrant Officer.
8 October 1944Promoted to Pilot Officer.
11 January 1945Posted to Aircrew Allocation Centre, Brackla.
15 February 1945Posted to No. 11 Personnel Despatch and Reception Centre, RAF.
8 April 1945Promoted to Flying Officer.
20 April 1945Embarked United Kingdom.
23 May 1945Disembarked at Sydney.
Posted to No. 2 Personnel Depot, RAAF, Sydney.
9 July 1945Posted to No. 1 Personnel Depot, RAAF, Melbourne.
4 September 1945Posted to No. 6 Personnel Depot, RAAF, Hobart.
25 September 1945Discharged from Royal Australian Air Force.
26 January 2015Appointed Member of the Order of Australia


Member of the Order of Australia:
For significant service to veterans through the preservation of military aviation history.

Distinguished Flying Cross:
In November 1944, Flying Officer OWEN and Warrant Officer WOODS were captain of aircraft and air bomber respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack a synthetic oil plant at Wanne Eichel.
During the bombing run, the aircraft was hit by heavy anti-aircraft fire and Flying Officer OWEN was severely wounded in the face but, although bleeding profusely, he remained at the controls to execute a successful bombing run. He was then assisted from his seat and given first-aid treatment.
Warrant Officer WOODS although not experienced as a regular pilot took over his injured captain's place at the controls and a course was set for home. During the return flight, high cloud and icing conditions were encountered which rendered certain navigational aids temporarily unserviceable.
Despite this, Warrant Officer WOODS flew the aircraft safely back to base where Flying Officer OWEN, although suffering severe pain and weak through loss of blood, resumed control and brought the aircraft safely to the ground.
In the face of most difficult circumstances, these officers displayed a high standard of skill, courage and devotion to duty.

External Links

World War 2 Nominal Roll
Australian Honours Search Facility - Member of the Order of Australia


National Archives of Australia [NAA] 1948, WOODS LAWRENCE WILLIAM : Service Number - 408463 : Date of birth - 26 Dec 1922 : Place of birth - DELORAINE TAS : Place of enlistment - HOBART : Next of Kin - WOODS ARIEL, A9300, WOODS L W.

Robertson, J. 2015 French ambassador lauds shared values with Australia in terrorism fight. The Guardian. 12 June 2015. Retrieved 28 December 2017 from <https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2015/jun/12/french-ambassador-lauds-shared-values-with-australia-in-terrorism-fight>.

Record updated on 28 December 2017.


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