Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Robert Oscar Evans Goodwin

In memory of:

Flying Officer Robert Oscar Evans Goodwin

June 25, 1943

Military Service


Service Number:

J/15706

Age:

24

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

419 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Son of William E. Goodwin and of Lulu Goodwin (nee Young) of Niagara Falls, Ontario. Husband of Vera May Goodwin.

Commemorated on Page 164 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

ROERMOND (KAPEL IN 'T ZAND) ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY
Netherlands

Grave Reference:

Plot 23. Grave 1.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Robert Oscar Evans Goodwin is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Robert Oscar Evans Goodwin is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
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  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
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  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Correspondence– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Document– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Attestation Paper– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Cemetery– Roermond Cemetery Air Force Graves (CWGC)
JD147 was one of three No.419 Sqdn Halifaxes lost on this operation to Wuppertal, Germany.  The aircraft was airborne 2240 24 Jun 43 from Middleton St.George and was hit by cannon fire from a German night-fighter.  The bomb load was jettisoned and the aircraft turned for home,  but the fire could not be extinguished. F/O Goodwin and F.Sgt. J. B. Johnson were killed trying to extinguish the fire in the fuselage.  The crew were ordered to bail out. The aircraft crashed onto the Hammersveld near Herten (Limburg), 3 km SW of Roermond, Holland, where F/O Goodwin is buried in Kapel in _t Zand Roman Catholic Cemetery. His two comrades, Pilot, F/L B.N.Jost DFC, RCAF, and F/S A.W.A.Bruce RNZAF,
are buried in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, having been brought there from the temporary military cemetery at Venlo.  
Four RAF members of the crew were taken PoW.  They were:
Sgt E.B.Pope, F/S L.Barker, Sgt R.E.Austin, and F/S A. W. A. Bruce, who initially evaded but was captured in Bordeaux 31Jul 43.
(Sources:  //lostbombers.co.uk; They Shall Grow Not Old, published by the Commonwealth Air Training Plan Museum, Brandon, MB.)
  • Grave marker– F/o. Robert O Goodwin, was the Operator of Halifax JD147  419 Squadron who crashed on June 25th 1943 at Herten (Hammerveld) Roermond Holland. Shot down by a German nightfighter  Ofw. Reinhard Kollak 7./NJG4.

Photo source: Michel Beckers Holland

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