The Juno Beach Centre has published a seven-part series that tells the story of the Last Flight of the Whitley AD-701, researched and written by Shirley Stone. This is part two. Click here to read The Last Flight (part one), Sgt. Wilfred Gordon Harris (part three), Sgt. John Gordon Hopper (part four), W/O Joseph Gaston Jacques (part five), F/O Joseph Hong (part six) and F/O Charles Beverly Wyckoff (part seven).
DAVID WEBSTER GOODWIN
FLYING OFFICER – PILOT
R.C.A.F. – J/25874
David was born on February 7, 1920, in Grand Prairie, Alberta. He was the son of James Cameron Goodwin and Jessie Ann (née: Webster).
The family moved to Kaleden, British Columbia where they had a fruit farm and where David went to school. After completing High School, David went to Vancouver and graduated from the Pittman Business School. He enlisted with the R.C.A.F. at the No. 1 Recruiting Centre in Vancouver on May 5, 1942, and graduated as a pilot on April 30, 1943.
David reported for courses at the General Reconnaissance School, Summerside, Prince Edward Island and was there from May 17 to July 31, 1943. From August 1 to September 13, 1943, he was stationed at the No. 1 “Y” Depot in Halifax.
He embarked from Halifax on September 13, 1943, and arrived in England on September 19. After a month’s training at Bournemouth (No. 3 PRC) he went to the Advanced Training Unit No. 14 (P) and was there until March 21, 1944, at which time he moved to the 24 O.T.U. at RAF Honeybourne.
On May 22, 1944, David and his crew of five RCAF airmen were on a mission to drop leaflets over the LeMans, France area. Their Whitley AD701 was shot down by flak and crashed at La Potence, near Sées, Normandy. All aboard were killed. David is buried at Bretteville-sur-Laize Canadian War Cemetery, Cintheaux, Coll. grave XXVII. G. 4-7. The Town of Sées, erected a memorial to the crew that was dedicated on May 8, 2005. Family and friends of David attended the ceremonies.
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