Wooldridge was born in Yokohama, Japan and was educated at St Paul's School, London. A talented music composer and academic, he studied music under Sibelius and was a friend and contemporary of William Walton.
World War II
Affectionately known as 'Dim', he served with 207 Sqn based at RAF Bottesford flying Avro Manchesters. He then served with No. 106 Squadron RAF as one of Guy Gibson's Flight Commanders, before being appointed commanding officer of No. 105 Squadron RAF in March 1943, which specialised in low level precision daylight bombing using de Havilland Mosquito aircraft.
He wrote a book, Low Attack about these operations in 1944.
In May 1944 while in America he volunteered to ferry one of the first Canadian-built Mosquitoes across the Atlantic to Britain, and accompanied by F/O C. J. Brown as Navigator, set a new record for the Atlantic crossing from Goose Bay, Labrador to the UK, of 5hrs, 46 minutes. Before this the record for the Labrador-Britain route had been held by a BOAC Liberator at 7hrs 56 minutes.
His first marriage in 1942 to Mary Latham, with whom he had a son, Morris Latham, also a pilot, ended in divorce.
- RX for Murder - (1958) - (US title: Prescription for Murder)
- Soapbox Derby - (1958)
- Count Five and Die - (1958)
- The Last Man to Hang? - (1956)
- Appointment in London - (1952)
- Crow Hollow - (1952) - (uncredited)
- Blackmailed - (1951)
- Torment - (1950) - (US title: Paper Gallows)
- The Woman in Question - (1950) - (US title: Five Angles on Murder)
- Conspirator - (1949)
- Edward, My Son - (1949)
- A Journey for Jeremy - (1949)
- The Guinea Pig - (1948) - (US title: The Outsider)
- Fame is the Spur - (1947)
- Falconer, Jonathon (1998). The Bomber Command Handbook 1939-1945. Stroud: Sutton Publishing Limited. ISBN 0-7509-1819-5.
- John Wooldridge at the Internet Movie Database
-  colour profile of Wooldridge's Mosquito B.Mk IV DZ548 that he flew from RAF Marham
- Mosquito Creates Atlantic Record
- "Atlantic Record Breaker" a picture of the Mosquito flown across the Atlantic by Wooldridge