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    Default Leslie Grahame Goodley DFC, KIA (126584) - 156 Squadron PFF

    Hi there,

    I'm looking for information regarding Flt Lt Leslie Grahame Goodley DFC, KIA (126584) on behalf of his nephew.

    Grahame, then flying with 156 squadron PFF, was shot down in Lancaster W4856 during a bomb raid to Munich's BMW aero factory on the night of 09/10 March 1943. It is documented their Lanc fell victim to night fighter ace Oblt. Gerhard Friedrich of 10./NJG 4, above Hofstätten, northwest of Rinnthall.

    Only one out of the seven crew members made it out alive - one of the gunners (either rear or mid upper) going by the name of L. Jones. It seems he paid a visit to Grahame's brother after the war to tell him about the last moments of Grahame and his crew.

    The rest of the crew made up of Sqn Ldr William Arthur Coleman-Ball (navigator), F/Lt Christopher David Gilliat (W/Op), P/O Gerard Percy (gunner), Sgt Richard George Riley (engineer) and P/O James Burdett Thompson (bomber) are all buried at Rheinberg War Cemetery.

    If anyone happened to have more details about that fateful night (the German archives may be worth a check), the personal story of Grahame's fellow airmen, photograph(s) of the crew and/or any info on this mysterious L. Jones, we would love to hear back from you.

    Thanks much in advance for any help,
    Baptiste

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    Default Re: Leslie Grahame Goodley DFC, KIA (126584) - 156 Squadron PFF

    Baptiste

    There's a bit about Goodley here: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...am-Goodley-DFC

    A family tree on ancestry.co.uk has a letter from the Red Cross dated June 7th 1944 which states that the six crew men who died were originally buried in the Cemetery at Annweiler, Bavaria, about 30 miles north-west of Karlsruhe.

    Your L. Jones is 49839 P/O Leslie Jones, D.F.C., P.o.W. No. 248. The P.o.W. records on Fold3.com record him being taken prisoner on March 9th 1943.

    His D.F.C. was gazetted in February, 1943, and reported in the Liverpool Echo of February 15th 1943, with a photo:

    Oulton Boy's D.F.C.
    Pilot Officer Leslie Jones, R.A.F., aged 22, whose home is at 8 Adelaide Road, Kensington, Liverpool 7, and who has been awarded the D.F.C. for "technical capabilities of the highest order, and great courage and keenness." He volunteered for the R.A.F. in 1938, and is an old boy of Oulton Senior Institute. He has been on many raids over enemy territory, and has seen service in the Middle East.


    He was reported as a Prisoner of War in the Liverpool Echo of April 12th 1943.

    Regards

    Simon
    Last edited by wwrsimon; 13th May 2020 at 10:38. Reason: typo

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    Default Re: Leslie Grahame Goodley DFC, KIA (126584) - 156 Squadron PFF

    Hi Simon, thank you so much for your input, this helps tremendously!
    Harlan (Grahame's nephew) had no idea about his uncle's experience in the Middle-East.

    Also great is to know more about that "Oulton Boy". Would you happen to have that photograph of his in your possession?
    I'll keep digging for images of Grahame's crews and else with the info you got us. It opens a few doors, so let's see where they take us.

    Again, many many thanks for your help on this!

    Hope all is well in these difficult times,
    Baptiste



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    Baptiste

    There's a bit about Goodley here: http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sho...am-Goodley-DFC

    A family tree on ancestry.co.uk has a letter from the Red Cross dated June 7th 1944 which states that the six crew men who died were originally buried in the Cemetery at Annweiler, Bavaria, about 30 miles north-west of Karlsruhe.

    Your L. Jones is 49839 P/O Leslie Jones, D.F.C., P.o.W. No. 248. The P.o.W. records on Fold3.com record him being taken prisoner on March 9th 1943.

    His D.F.C. was gazetted in February, 1943, and reported in the Liverpool Echo of February 15th 1943, with a photo:

    Oulton Boy's D.F.C.
    Pilot Officer Leslie Jones, R.A.F., aged 22, whose home is at 8 Adelaide Road, Kensington, Liverpool 7, and who has been awarded the D.F.C. for "technical capabilities of the highest order, and great courage and keenness." He volunteered for the R.A.F. in 1938, and is an old boy of Oulton Seniot institute. He has been on many raids over enemy territory, and has seen service in the Middle East.


    He was reported as a Prisoner of War in the Liverpool Echo of April 12th 1943.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Default Re: Leslie Grahame Goodley DFC, KIA (126584) - 156 Squadron PFF

    Hi,

    I carried out some research on Leslie GOODLEY :-

    Started his Bomber Tour of operations with 9 Sqn flying Wellington as 2 Pliot

    14/15/9/40 Krefeld 1 OP

    Ops Ostend, Berlin, Boulogne, Cologne, Galdbach, Bremen, Hanover, Leipzig, Kiel, Hamburg, Flushing, Gelsenkirchen, Lorient, Hamburg, Mannheim

    Flew 30 ops as Second Pilot with six different First Pilots. Last op 30-3/1-4-1941 Bremen with P/O G.C Hemmings the whole were then posted to 3 Group Training Flight Stradishall. 6 April 1941 flight to Malta ! 31 Op

    Crew posted 38 Sqn Shallufa

    32 Op Benghazi 5-6-5-1941
    33 Op Derna 11/12-5/1941
    34 Op Elevis Landing Ground - Greece
    35 OP Crete 27/5/41
    36 Op Maritza - Pilot !
    37 Op Benghazi

    At this time of the war it was not unusual to flew as second pilot for most of your first tour. One pilot I knew was like Grahame a pre war RAFVR pilot, all his pilots were pre war regulars who usually hogged all the flying time. Only later in his tour he crewed up with a more experienced RAFVR pilot who allowed him to flew to fly the return leg of the op !

    Tour completed ?

    15 OTU

    38 Op 30-31/5/1942 Cologne
    39 Op 1-2/6/1942 Essen

    Also Leslie Jones stayed in the RAF post-war changed to the Secretarial Branch 22-3-1947 S/L 1-7-1957 - Retired 21-9-1968 !

    Mark

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    Default Re: Leslie Grahame Goodley DFC, KIA (126584) - 156 Squadron PFF

    Hi Mark, thank you so much for your input, this helps see clearer into Grahame's trajectory. He had a busy three years in the RAF to say the least!
    Also worth noting, he made most of his ops on the Wellington, and only transitioned to the Lancaster in the middle of his tour with 156 Sqn.

    He was apparently awarded the DFC for his sortie to Lorient on 7th Feb 1943, less than a month before that fateful raid on Munich. Yet the award was effective only after their death, being officially gazetted on the 12th if I recall properly.

    Would you know by any chance if there are any photographs of his crews somewhere? Haven't had much luck searching for images yet...

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    Default Re: Leslie Grahame Goodley DFC, KIA (126584) - 156 Squadron PFF

    Hi Baptiste,
    Somewhat bizarrely we find ourselves researching the same individual! My father has been doing some family tree research during lockdown and part of that has been trying to find out more about Grahame as he was his mother's cousin. My grandmother 's maiden name was Goodley and my father remembers photos of Grahame on the mantelpiece when was a child. I wondered if you wanted to link up electronically and compare notes. Many hands and all that! Let me know what you think. Many thanks in advance and hopefully hear from you soon.
    Best regards,
    Mick

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