Goddard, John Edward

Personal Information

Rank F/L
Forename(s) John Edward
Surname Goddard
Gender M
Age 21
Decorations DFC
Date of Death 08-09-1944
Next of Kin Son of Bertrand Decimus Goddard and Olive Lilian Kate Goddard, of Brookvale, New South Wales, Australia.
GODDARD JE 658

Aircraft Information

Aircraft Avro Lancaster III
Serial Number PB123
Markings 6O-O

Memorial Information

Burial/Memorial Country United Kingdom
Burial/Memorial Place Runnymede Memorial
Grave Reference Panel 256.
Epitaph

IBCC Memorial Information

Phase 2
Panel Number 170

Enlistment Information

Service Number 420658
Service Royal Australian Air Force
Group 3
Squadron 582
Trade Pilot
Country of Origin Australia

Miscellaneous Information

F/L Goddard was awarded the DFC (effective 7th September 1944) whilst with 582 Squadron. Gazetted 18th September 1945. F/L Debeer was awarded the DFC (effective 7th September 1944) whilst with 582 Squadron. Gazetted 12th February 1946. P/O Mackenzie was awarded the DFC whilst with 582 Squadron. Gazetted 12th December 1944. Pilot Officer Mackenzie reported: “At 7.15am on 8 September 1944, the plane came in over Le Havre under the cloud with a base of 5,000 feet. The Germans opened up with flak hitting us. I was sitting at the side of Johnny (Goddard) in the second pilot’s seat, when there was a crash and the intercom went dead and fire broke out around the wireless operator. There was a second bang right after the first and the whole front cabin filled with smoke and fire. Johnny shouted for full power and then shouted “jump Mac”. I got down and went back to the navigator’s cabin which was full of smoke, and dragged my chute out, then Neville’s, and then shouted into the smoke that we had to get out. A voice shouted OK. I turned back to the front escape hatch with two figures behind me, which might have been Neville and Howard. When I reached the hatch, it was open and Alan De Beer was just jumping. I went straight out over his heels. After my chute opened I could see the plane with all of the fuselage on fire flying on, until it disappeared into cloud. I looked below and saw another chute, Alan De Beer. After coming down some distance, I heard a crash which I assumed was the plane hitting the ground, but could not see any more chutes.

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Last Operation Information

Start Date 08-09-1944
End Date 08-09-1944
Takeoff Station Little Staughton
Day/Night Raid Day
Operation le Havre- to bomb enemy strongholds near the garrison. 333 aircraft. Bad weather with lots of low cloud- only 109 aircraft bombed. This was the last time Stirlings were used on an operational raid.
Reason for Loss Presumed crashed in the target area
 
 
 
 

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