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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. A T Gooderham


Albert Thomas Gooderham was born on 11th November 1914 in Edmonton, the son of Henry George and Lilian Elizabeth Gooderham.

In the 1939 register his father is shown as a milk retail salesman. The family's address at that time was 35 Newlyn Road, Tottenham, Middlesex.

AT Gooderham was educated at the Modern School in Streatham and played for Streatham Rugby Club. After leaving school he was employed by the Reybestos-Belaco company in the asbestos industry.

He joined the RAFVR in January 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot. Called up on 1st September he completed his flying training at 15 FTS Lossiemouth on No. 6 Course, which ran from 29th December 1939 to 10th June 1940.

He arrived at 5 OTU Aston Down on 10th June 1940 to convert to Blenheims.

He was posted to 25 Squadron at Martlesham Heath on 24th June. Gooderham joined 151 Squadron at Stapleford on 26th August and moved to 46 Squadron there on 15th September.

Gooderham was shot down in combat with Me109s over the Thames Estuary on 15th October and baled out, slightly wounded. His Hurricane, V6789, crashed at Gravesend.

He was killed on 2nd November 1941 when his Hurricane IIC Z3841 was shot down off Ostend by flak during a shipping recce. He was then a Flight Sergeant with 615 Squadron.

Gooderham is remembered on the Runnymede Memorial, panel 36.



Above image courtesy of Dean Sumner.


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