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The Airmen's Stories - P/O H I Goodall


Harold Ingham Goodall was born in July 1915 in Coventry, the son of John and Harriett Gertrude Goodall.

He attended Lawrence Sheriff School in Rugby and then took a Law degree at Birmingham Unversity in 1937. On graduating he was articled to Seabroke, Marshall and Davis, solicitors in Rugby.

He joined the RAFVR about May 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot.

Called up on 1st September, he completed his training at 10 FTS Tern Hill in early May 1940 and was commissioned on the 12th. He was with 264 Squadron in July 1940.



Flying with Sergeant RBM Young as his gunner, Goodall shared a Ju88 on 24th August and claimed a Do17 on the 26th.

Both men were killed on 8th October 1940 when their Defiant, N1627, crashed at Marlow, possibly as a result of enemy action. They had been patrolling from Halton to Maidenhead at 10000 feet. At 21.20 hrs Goodall reported that he was going to investigate a suspected enemy aircraft. Nothing more was heard and at 21.40 hrs it was reported that a Defiant had crashed at Marlow and the crew were killed. The aircraft had suspected bullet holes, so enemy aircraft may have been engaged. The colour cartridge of the hour had been fired.

Goodall was 25. He is buried In Parkstone Cemetery, Poole, Dorset.








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