Fg Off Henry Goodwin

Yet another very sad story… Worcestershire’s Goodwin brothers – both fighter pilots killed in 1940. First to fall was 23-year-old Pilot Officer Barrie Goodwin, who perished in a Hurricane flying accident with 605 Squadron. Then his elder brother, Flying Officer Henry MacDonald Goodwin, 25, a successful Spitfire pilot with Warmwell-based 609 Squadron. On 14 August 1940, ‘Mac’ was reported ‘missing’ following combat over the Solent – his body was washed ashore ten days later. The brothers are buried at St Cassian’s churchyard, in the village of Chaddesley Corbett in Worcestershire, both their epitaphs being ‘They shall mount up as wings of eagles, run and not be weary, walk and not faint’. 

Flying Officer Henry MacDonald Goodwin of 609 Squadron – killed in action 14 August 1940.
Pilot Officer Barrie Goodwin, killed in an accident flying Hurricanes with 605 Squadron, 24 June 1940.
609 Squadron at Warmwell during the Battle of Britain – Flying Officer Goodwin third left.
Sadly, Flying Officer Goodwin was shot down and killed over the Solent – the second of two brothers to die flying that fateful year.
The Goodwin brothers’ graves at St Cassian’s, Chaddesley Corbett, Worcestershire.