LEST WE FORGET

Pilot Officer Oswald Ernest GODDARD

Service No: 421201
Born: Mascot NSW, 22 August 1922
Enlisted in the RAAF: 31 January 1942
Unit: No. 86 Squadron (RAF), RAF Station Tain
Died: Air Operations: (No. 86 Squadron Liberator aircraft KH338), Skaggerak area, 26 April 1945, Aged 22 Years
Buried: Unrecovered
CWGC Additional Information: Son of Sydney Rowland and Ellen G. Goddard; husband of Margaret Anne Goddard, of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Roll of Honour: Mascot NSW
Remembered: Panel 283, Runnymede Memorial, Surrey UK
Remembered: Panel 122, Commemorative Area, Australian War Memorial, Canberra ACT
Remembered: Broadway Grace Bros. Staff Honour Roll, Broadway NSW

On 26 April 1945 Liberator KH338 took off from Tain to carry out an anti-U boat patrol in the Skaggerak area. The aircraft did not return to base and nothing further was heard of the aircraft or crew. In 1949 it was presumed that the aircraft and crew members were lost at sea.

The crew members of KH338 were:

Pilot Officer George Raymond Bradfield (190455) (RAFVR) (Navigator/Bomb Aimer)
Flight Lieutenant George Walter John Fenwick MID (421035) (Wireless Operator/Air)
Pilot Officer Oswald Ernest Goddard (421201) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Pilot Officer Ronald Bede Goodwin (421203) (Wireless Operator/Air Gunner)
Flying Officer Arthur John Gudge (152575) (RAFVR) (Navigator/Bomb Aimer)
Flight Sergeant William Roy Harris (1661128) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant George Edward Lewis (1850687) (RAFVR) (Flight Engineer)
Flight Sergeant Kenneth Manson Rupert (R/265606) (RCAF) (Air Gunner)
Flight Sergeant James Thompson (1674638) (RAFVR) (Second Pilot)
Flying Officer Harold Complin Tyas (414438) (Pilot)
Flight Sergeant Harry Glynne Yorke (1389927) (RAFVR) (Wireless Operator/Air)

References:

Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour On-Line Records (RAAF Casualty Information compiled by Alan Storr (409804))
Commonwealth War Graves Commission On-Line Records
Department of Veterans’ Affairs On-Line WWII Nominal Roll
National Archives of Australia On-Line Record A705, 166/16/632
Register of War Memorials in New South Wales On-Line

Bibliography:

Jay, Alwyn, Endurance; Coastal Command Liberator Operations 1941-5, Banner Books, Maryborough QLD, 4650, 1996