2. Age: How old are you? 49
3. Origins: Where are you from? Mid Michigan
4. Specifics: What areas of WWII are you interested in? What would you like to know more about? P-39, Pilot Gilbert Oxley
7. Miscellaneous: Anything else you'd like to share with us? I am president of a Blue Star Mothers Of America Chapter. We were named after Gilbert Oxley. There is a memorial in Flint with his name. I have found that he is buried in Arlington. We are seeking any information on Mr. Oxley. Hope you can help:)
On 27 July 1942, the aircraft of the 35th Fighter Squadron of the 8th Fighter Group, USAAF, took off to fly from Woodstock airfield to the Weir Airfield in Townsville, which was normally a 20 minute flight. Hervey Carpenter of the 35th Squadron stated that 2nd Lieutenant Gilbert L. Oxley (0-428558) took off in the first P-39 Airacobra, but soon lost power and fell into the gum trees near the Woodstock airfield and crashed and burnt. Oxley, who had also spent some time in the 80th Fighter Squadron, died in this tragic accident.