Goodwin, James W., Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1944-1944, 395th Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1941 - 1944
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Amarillo, Texas
Last Address
RAF Chilbolton, England

Casualty Date
Apr 22, 1944
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
World War II
Location of Interment
American Cemetery - Ardennes, Belgium
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Plot C Row 3 Grave 38

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Air Training Command Instructor (pre-1966)

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 Unit Assignments
Aviation Cadet Flight SchoolAerial Gunnery School9th Air Force368th Fighter Group
395th Fighter Squadron
  1941-1941, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1943-1943, AAF MOS 938, Aerial Gunnery School
  1944-1944, 9th Air Force
  1944-1944, 368th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, 395th Fighter Squadron
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1943-1944 World War II1
 Colleges Attended 
University of Texas at Austin
  1938-1941, University of Texas at Austin
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  
  1942-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Captain James W. Goodwin was leading the Flight to the rear (unreadable word) high of Red Flight while flying over Elsaffthal and 1815 at an altitude of 20,000 feet when we were attacked by Enemy Aircraft from 7 o'clock high. I broke into the attacking aircraft and followed two FW 190's down. I think Captain Goodwin went down with the two E/A. The E/A that I was shooting at went into a tight turn and at one time after firing a short burst I saw Captain Goodwin just off my left wing firing at apparently the same plane, he then pulled off to the side and up a little and shortly thereafter I saw a P-47 crash on the ground. I could not see the letters on the ship that crashed, but it must have been the same ship. The only parachute I saw was the one of the German Pilot that bailed out of the FW 190.There was another FW 190 in the vicinity where we were shooting. I was watching him so that he would not get on my tail. It might be possible that this E/A got in a position to fire at Captain Goodwin." Source: Statement, 24 April 1944 of Capt Thomas N. Montag, 395th Fighter Squadron, Flight Leaderr, Red Flt , War Department - Headquarters Army Air Forces, Missing Air Crew Report

Aircraft # P-47 D 42-76575 MACR #4210 - Shot down by FW-190 near Hoefen, Germany. Captain Goodwin was apparently the first loss for the 368th Fighter Group.

"Captured German Records report an unknown deceased from a P-47 Thunderbolt on April 22, 1944 near Hoefen, Germany, about 20 miles Southwest of Duren. Edward Witsell, Major General, the Adjutant General." Source: From a portion of a letter dated March 19, 1947 at

Captain Goodwin was the son of Hugh J or James Hugh Goodwin and Nettie April Porter. He attended Amarillo High School and was on the Amarillo Sandies Football teams 1935-36 that won the state championships. He is still listed on the Amarillo Globe news All Time All Star AHS grid Team. He attended the University of Texas - Austin and was a member of the "Immortal Thirteen" in 1940 and named co-captain of the 1941 football team...He married while an instructor at the Matagorda Island Gunner School, Victoria, Texas. His wife died of Leukemia just a few months after his death in 1944...Source:

"Name: James W Goodwin
Birth Year: 1916
Nativity State or Country: Texas
State of Residence: Texas
County or City: Potter
Enlistment Date: 14 Jul 1941
Enlistment State: Texas
Enlistment City: Lubbock
Branch Code: Air Corps
Grade Code: Aviation Cadet
Component: Regular Army
Source: Civil Life
Education: 3 years of college
Civil Occupation: Actors and actresses
Marital Status: Single, without dependents
Height: 71
Weight: 181"
Source: U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,

"J.W. was buried first at a cemetery at Rohren, Germany, Buried finally at a US Military Cemetery at Neuville-En-Condroz - 9 miles South West of Leige, Belgium. Plot D Row 11 Grove 93."

"Name: James W. Goodwin
Inducted From: Texas
Rank: Captain
Combat Organization: 395th Fighter Squadron 368th Fighter
Death Date: 22 Apr 1944
Monument: Ardennes, France
Last Known Status: Buried
U.S. Awards: Purple Heart Medal
Air Medal
Additional Army Awards"
Source: World War II and Korean Conflict Veterans Interred Overseas,

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