Note: I never got around to post this on the blog.
Jimmy Goodwin was a Flight Engineeer with 425 Alouette Squadron after his first tour of operations.
This is just a draft post as I will expand on it later when time permits.
Jimmy, that was how Harry James Goodwin was known by his crew when he was with RAF 78 Squadron.
That’s what his daughter told me about her father among many other things.
My Dad joined 78 squadron. There was another Harry, so as Dad was the younger, the crew called Dad by his second name and he was thereafter known for the rest of his lifetime as Jim or Jimmy, only his parents and siblings called him Harry. This may help to jog a few memories of people and their families about my Dad.
Jimmy’s second tour of operations was with 425 Alouette Squadron after his first operational tour having survived 27 sorties.
The RAF required that airmen fly 50 operations.
Before joining the Alouettes he was assigned to 1664 Conversion Unit in January 1944 loging 22:55 hours of day flying time and 2:15 of night flying time. No major problems were encountered because he would have added a note in his log book.
7 February 1944…
Harry James Goodwin DFM becomes an Alouette. He did some local flying with Squadron Leader Blenkinsop as a Flight Engineer aboard Halifax III KW-J.
Duty Carried Out…
On 8 February 1944 he flies with Flight Lieutenant Lecomte who was 425’s Wing Commander.
On the same day it’s a night cross country for 6.25 hours with Sergeant Hall.
18 March 1944
28th sortie! Having survived 27 « ops » Jimmy Goodwin is part of C.R. Jones’ crew aboard KW-D: « Ops » Frankfurt – D.C.O. – 5.37 night flying time.
Again with C.R. Jones’ crew aboard KW-J: « Ops » Frankfurt – D.C.O. – 5.51 night flying time.
Then Jimmy changes crews!
We all know what happened to C.R. Jones on March 25th, 1944 don’t we?
C.R. Jones in the middle
Next is Flying Officer Kirk. Then Flying Officer Wilmot.
Flying Officer Dennett…
Pilot Officer Landry
Wing Commander Lecomte…!
Warrant Officer Ryan is next.