Goodson, James Alexander, Lt Col

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Last Rank
Lieutenant Colonel
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1945-1959, Air Force Reserve Command
Service Years
1942 - 1959
Foreign Language(s)
Lieutenant Colonel

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Home State
New York
New York
Year of Birth
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Contact Info
Home Town
New York City, NY
Last Address
Boston, Massachusetts

Date of Passing
May 01, 2014
Location of Interment
Massachusetts National Cemetery - Bourne, Massachusetts
Wall/Plot Coordinates

 Official Badges 

WW II Honorable Discharge Pin

 Unofficial Badges 

US Army Honorable Discharge Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
American Fighter Aces AssociationAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2015, American Fighter Aces Association
  2019, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He became a POW on Jun 20, 1944. He also survived the sinking of the SS Athenia by a German U-boat on Sep 3, 1939.
He was credited with destroying 14 enemy aircraft in aerial combat plus 1 probable and 1 damaged, and another 15 on the ground.
His DSC citation reads:

Awarded for actions during World War II
(Citation Needed) - SYNOPSIS: Major (Air Corps) James A. Goodson (ASN: 0-885241), United States Army Air Forces, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations against an armed enemy while serving as Pilot of a P-47 Fighter Airplane in the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Group, EIGHTH Air Force, in aerial combat against enemy forces on 16 March 1944, in the European Theater of Operations. On this date, Major Goodson was flying fighter escort for a bombing mission to Berlin. He caught up to the Flying Fortresses outside of Madgeburg, just as hordes of German fighters closed in. He dove after a gaggle of Bf-109s, which were focused on the bombers, picked out one target and flamed it. He pulled around to get into the battle, found three of his planes still with him, and almost immediately damaged another 109, forcing it to break off its attack on a Mustang. Again he led his flight back into the action, this time getting behind a lone B-17, always easy prey for the Germans. Goodson got into a turning contest with a 190, but the 190 crept up on him in the turn. In desperation, he dropped a flap, pulling out of the line of fire. The German dove away for the deck, Goody pursued and eventually caught up, but ran out of ammo after a couple short bursts. He broke off and headed for home having shot down two enemy aircraft. Major Goodson's unquestionable valor in aerial combat is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, the 8th Air Force, and the United States Army Air Forces.

General Orders: Headquarters, U.S. Strategic Forces in Europe, General Orders No. 29 (1944)

Action Date: 16-Mar-44

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: Major

Company: 336th Fighter Squadron

Regiment: 4th Fighter Group

Division: 8th Air Force

He was also awarded the British medals: Defence Medal, 1929-45 Star, and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with Maple Leaf clasp.
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 Unit Assignments
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)Royal Air Force (RAF)336th Fighter Squadron  - Rocketeers4th Fighter Group
31st Fighter GroupUS Air ForceAir Force Bases/ InstallationsAir Force Reserve Command
  1940-1941, Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF)
  1941-1942, Royal Air Force (RAF)
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1065, 336th Fighter Squadron - Rocketeers
  1942-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 4th Fighter Group
  1944-1944, AAF MOS 1055, 31st Fighter Group
  1944-1945, POW Germany
  1945-1945, Air Force Bases/ Installations
  1945-1959, Air Force Reserve Command
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Air Offensive, Europe Campaign (1942-44)
  1944-1944 World War II/European-African-Middle Eastern Theater/Normandy Campaign (1944)
 My Aircraft/Missiles
Supermarine Spitfire  P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  P-51/F-51 Mustang  
  1941-1943, Supermarine Spitfire1
  1943-1944, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)3
  1944-1944, P-51/F-51 Mustang6
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