P51 ACE JAMES GOODSON MISSING SINCE JUNE 20, AF REVEALS

From the July 15, 1944 Edition of Stars and Stripes

AN EIGHTH P51 BASE, July 14 (AP)–Maj. James Goodson, credited with destruction of 30 German planes–15 on the ground and 15 in the air–has been missing in action since June 20, it was disclosed today.

Fellow pilots reported his plane was shot down by flak as he was escorting bombers. Goodson was a squadron commander in the Mustang group commanded by Col. Donald M. Blakeslee.



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Maj. James “Goody” Goodson joined the RCAF in 1941 and later flew in the RAF’s Eagle Squadron. He joined the USAAF in 1942 and served as commander of the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group. He was shot down on July 20, 1944 while strafing V2 rockets near Peenemunde. He spent the rest of the war as a POW. He passed away on May 1, 2014 at age 93.



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One thought on “P51 ACE JAMES GOODSON MISSING SINCE JUNE 20, AF REVEALS

  • GP Cox says:

    As a former member of 3 country’s military air forces, he is an international hero. May he always be a peace while on his final mission.

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