Kentucky RAF Pilot: Lt. Charles Lewis Wood, Jr.

Charles Lewis Wood, Jr, son of Charles Lewis Wood and Helen Mary Black was born February 8, 1890 in Kentucky. The 1910 US Census shows that he was living with his family in Washington Township, Scioto, County, Ohio. Later, he studied in Union Theological Seminary at Connecticut Wesleyan University from 1916-1917. Afterwards he enlisted in the British Royal Air Force and was commissioned a First Lieutenant. After training as a pilot in England he went to the front in April of 1918 serving as a fighter pilot with the No. 201 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. While on patrol he was brought down, seriously wounded, behind German lines in Belgium on August 13, 1918. He died in the hospital there on August 17, 1918, after it fell into the hands of the Belgians. He was buried at the Tournai Communal Cemetery Allied Extension in Hainaut, Belgium.

His cenotaph stands with the graves of his family at Bivens Cemetery, near Quincy, Lewis County, Kentucky.