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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. R D Goodwin


Roy Daniel Goodwin was born on 1st February 1918 and joined the RAFVR about January 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot, the 1939 Census had recorded him as a 'factory manager'.

Called up on 1st September, he completed his training and went to 7 OTU Hawarden on 2nd September 1940 to convert to Spitfires.

He had married Edna McMaster in Luton in early 1940.

He joined 64 Squadron at Leconfield on 16th September and flew his first operational sortie on the 20th.

Goodwin was posted to 421 Flight at Hawkinge on 28th November 1940. On 11th January the Flight was redesignated 91 Squadron.


Above: 91 Squadron in 1941.

L to R: F/O JJ O’Meara, Sgt. JE Cooper, F/Lt. RAL Knight, F/O P Barthropp, Goodwin, Sgt. C Le Roux


His subsequent service is currently undocumented until he was commissioned in April 1942. He was released from the RAF in 1946 as a Flight Lieutenant and commissioned in the RAFVR in 1947.

Goodwin died in April 1983 in Hammersmith.



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