Canadian Virtual War Memorial

James Kendall Goodfellow

In memory of:

Flight Sergeant James Kendall Goodfellow

February 24, 1944

Military Service


Service Number:

R/156428

Age:

20

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

517 (R.A.F.) Sqdn

Additional Information


Son of Roy E. Goodfellow and Mildred H. Goodfellow of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Commemorated on Page 318 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

CHESTER (BLACON) CEMETERY
Cheshire, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

Sec. A. Grave 854.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of James Kendall Goodfellow– R156428 Flight Sergeant James K. Goodfellow
Born 29-12-23
Former student of Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute (Toronto)
  • Letter– Cover Sheet to story of James Kendal Goodfellow's war service and death as told by his brother-in-law Stan McDowall and Jim's buddy from the RCAF Robert Gurney.
R.W. Whitehouse
Archivist
Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
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  • Document– High school registration card for James Goodfellow.  Jim filled this card out in 1937 when he entered Lawrence Park Collegiate.  He graduated in 1942.  The comments on the bottom of the card are from the office staff.  Addresses were updated in 1955.
  • Photo of James Goodfellow– This photo of Jim is taken from his Pers file in the Library and Archives of Canada RG24 Vol 27613.  The picture shows a changed young man at the end of his Observers course.  The number on his chest is his service number.  He is now a sergeant.

Source: Library and Archives Canada via Robert Whitehouse
  • Document– RAF Form 39 was files on all casualties from WWII.  It shows details of the events of the death or injury of an airman.  In this case, Jim died from the injuries received when his aircraft went into a flat spin and crashed.  The accident happened during a fighter affiliation flight and so the fighter pilot was a witness to the crash.

Source: Library and Archives Canada via Robert Whitehouse
  • ID Card– Jim's ID Card from his early training days.  The date on the card is 14 April 1942 and was issued by the Manning Depot in Toronto the first week that he joined.  Note his rank is Aircraftsman Second Class.  

Source: Library and Archives Canada via Robert Whitehouse
  • Photo of James Goodfellow– This is the photo of Jim that is shown on his ID Card.  It would have been taken when he first joined up at the Manning Depot in Toronto in April of 1942.  All photos and documents have been taken from his file in the Archives of Canada and are shown whith the permission of the LAC.  His file is found in (box) RG24 Vol 27613.

Source: Library and Archives Canada via Robert Whitehouse
  • Service Documents– Service Summary for F/Sgt James Kendall Goodfellow

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  • Document– Accident Investigation page 1

Copy of the Unit investigation into the crash of Halfiax Mk V LK998.


Source: Library & Archives Canada RG24-27613
via R. Whitehouse
  • Document– Accident Investigation page 2

List of the crew members and Gunnery Leader in charge of the exercise.


Source: Library & Archives Canada RG24-27613
via R. Whitehouse
  • Document– Accident Investigation page 3

The purpose of the exercise was to teach the new pilots how to avoid attacking fighters.  The Gunnery Leader apparently ordered the pilot to make a steep diving turn.  The rudders locked and the aircraft went into a flat spin that eventually lead to the tail breaking off.  Most of the bodies were found at the rear door.  They were unable to get the door open against the force of the spin.


Source: Library & Archives Canada RG24-27613
via R. Whitehouse
  • Document– Accident Investigation page 4

The Court of Inquiry mentioned here is not to be found in the Goodfellow file in Ottawa.


Source: Library & Archives Canada RG24-27613
via R. Whitehouse
  • Funeral Procession– Funeral of the Canadian crew members of Halifax LK998

The procession from the entrance to the graves was lead by the Base Padre and Station Warrant Officer seen here.  This is Chester Cemetery during the was and is being used daily.  Most of those buried here are the victims of flying accidents.
In the four coffins draped with Union Jacks are; F/O W.T. Robinson, F/Sgt J.K. Goodfellow, W/O R.W. Taylor and Sgt. E.T. Bell.  All are RCAF crew.


Source: Photo Kendall's family archives via R. Whitehouse
  • Funeral Procession– Funeral of the Canadian crew members of Halifax LK998

As the Padre intones the last sentences of the funeral ceremony, the crew are laid to reast.  It is a bitterly cold, but sunny February day in Chester.


Source: Photo Kendall's family archives via R. Whitehouse
  • Funeral– Funeral of the Canadian crew members of Halifax LK998

As the ceremony ends, the crew get a final salute to the Last Post and Reveille.  These photos are all that most families in Canada received other than a letter from the Squadron CO regretting the impossibility of sending the men home, as we do today.


Source: Photo Kendall's family archives via R. Whitehouse

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