Letter to Leonard Cheshire from Flight Lieutenant H Goodwin



Letter to Leonard Cheshire from Flight Lieutenant H Goodwin


A Rhodesian flight engineer, he requests information on how to get posted to Cheshire's squadron. Previous tour on 78 Squadron and currently on 425 Squadron, which is becoming all French Canadian. Happy to drop rank but wished to remain with Pathfinder force squadron. Provides more history including training post at RAF Dishforth.




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Three page handwritten letter


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Answered GLC
[RAF Crest]
F/Lt. H.J. Goodwin
Officers Mess
R.C.A.F. Station
Nr. York

17th May 1944

Dear Sir,
I wish to obtain information as to how I could get a posting to your Squadron.
I am the Rhodesian Engineer whom at one time flew with F/Lt. Read of 78 Squadron Linton and I now wish to fly with your Squadron
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in a crew.
At the present moment I am Engineer Leader at 425 French Canadian Squadron and in the next month I shall be looking for a new position as they wish to make this a complete French Canadian Squadron.
Even if I have to revert back to Flying Officer I don't mind as my second tour has just began and I now wish carry on with P.F.F. Squadron.
This morning I spoke
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to my Wing Commander and he suggested that I should write to you, therefore I hope I am not going against regulations or putting you out in any way.
I am in the R.A.F. but on completion of my first tour I was posted to 1664 Con Unit R.C.A.F. Staton Dishforth on a tour of instruction which lasted eight months
I have the honour to be Sir
Your obedient servant
[underlined] H.J.Goodwin [/underlined]



H Goodwin, “Letter to Leonard Cheshire from Flight Lieutenant H Goodwin,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed April 18, 2024, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/16903.

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