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Wood Hibbard


PVT Hibbard was killed in action, 27 May 1944 following the explosion of a 1000 lb bomb attached to a burning aircraft.
Transferred to 2018th EAFFP, pursuant to authority contained in par. 12, SO#13, Headquarters, IX Tactical Air Command, dated 2 May 1944.



  • Fred Bothe

    Military | Private First Class | Fire Fighter
    PFC Bothe died on 28 May 44 from injuries received fighting a burning aircraft on 27 May 44.

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Associated Place

  • Brookwood

    Military site : non-airfield

  • Ibsley

    Military site : airfield
    Built during 1940-41 as a fighter base satellite for RAF Middle Wallop, Ibsley opened in 1941 when incomplete. It eventually had three concrete runways, 18 hardstandings plus 18 double pen dispersals, and two Bellman plus 12 blister hangars, after...


Event Location Date
Born Manchester, KY 40962, USA 23 February 1922

To. Walter Hibbard and Amanda Sams

Lived in Manchester, KY 40962, USA 23 February 1922 – 1943
Enlisted Cincinnati, OH, USA 7 January 1943
Died Brookwood, Surrey, UK 27 May 1944

Pvt. Wood Hibbard and Pvt. Fred Bothe was killed by 1,000 pound Bomb while trying to save Pilot Carlo Ball. Ball's plane tire blow and causing his plane on fire. A British gun crew save the pilot (but died the next day), but the 2018th didn't know about pilot was save.

Buried Glades House, Brookwood Cemetry, Cemetery Pales, Brookwood, Woking, Surrey GU24 0BL, UK 28 May 1944

Buried there after being killed and in 1948 he was move to Campbell Cemetery in Fall Rock, Clay County, Kentucky

Buried Fall Rock, KY 40962, USA 1948


Date Contributor Update
26 December 2016 22:06:59 usaeff Changes to biography

Unit History obtained from USAF

Date Contributor Update
13 November 2016 20:15:40 usaeff Changes to biography

Unit History received from Air Force Historical Research Agency (AFHRA)

Date Contributor Update
09 March 2016 20:02:29 Lucy May Changes to place associations

Connecting Wood Hibbard to Ibsley where he was based.

Date Contributor Update
15 December 2014 20:58:06 hager33 Created entry with surname, firstname, nationality, service number, highest rank, role, events, unit associations and place associations

Wood Hibbard's niece Tonya R. (Hibbard) Hager