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    Top: Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber. Bottom: Goddard and wife Cora. Inset: Goddard aboard HMS Ark Royal.

    Vintage Wings of Canada is proud to dedicate its very rare Fairey Swordfish torpedo bomber to Commander Terry Goddard, DSC, CD, of Toronto Ontario, a long-serving Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm airman of the Second World War and an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy after the war. Among his stunning list of achievements in combat and command, Goddard participated in the Swordfish attack on Bismarck in 1941 and is one of only a handful of living RN eyewitnesses to this high seas drama.

    Goddard’s career reads like a history book. After joining the Royal Navy in January of 1939, he was trained and was posted to 818 Squadron aboard HMS Furious. He first saw action at Narvik, Norway, flying several reconnaissance and strike missions. His other battle honours, which span years and oceans, include operations at Dunkirk, Oran, Genoa, Malta, Sardinia, Gibraltar, North Africa, Western Desert, Indian Ocean and Tanganyika. In addition, Goddard was forced down at sea twice, and went on to fly operations in Fairey Albacores and Fulmars.

    But, for its historical drama, the sinking of the German battleship Bismarck and Goddard’s participation in it, would make him the perfect choice to represent the Canadian fliers who flew in this very special aircraft. On a day in early June of 2011, a very sharp and healthy Commander Goddard and his wife were invited to the Vintage Wings hangar to view the dedication panel applied to the rudder and to participate in a special tribute to the Swordfish and its crews, held at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa.


    Commander Terry Goddard, DSC

    RIP

    LEST WE FORGET

    Last edited by Von Richter; 05 Mar 16, 13:55.
    The long toll of the brave
    Is not lost in darkness
    Over the fruitful earth
    And athwart the seas
    Hath passed the light of noble deeds
    Unquenchable forever.

  • #2
    Originally posted by Von Richter View Post
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    Commander Terry Goddard, DSC

    RIP

    LEST WE FORGET



    Susie
    Will no one tell me what she sings?--
    Perhaps the plaintive numbers flow
    For old, unhappy, far-off things,
    And battles long ago:
    -William Wordsworth, "The Solitary Reaper"

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    • #3
      Brilliant!
      That rug really tied the room together

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      • #4
        Very brave pilots and very great aircraft go hand in hand in history.



        Paul
        ‘Tis said his form is tiny, yet
        All human ills he can subdue,
        Or with a bauble or medal
        Can win mans heart for you;
        And many a blessing know to stew
        To make a megloamaniac bright;
        Give honour to the dainty Corse,
        The Pixie is a little shite.

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        • #5
          I believe that it goes beyond bravery .
          That rug really tied the room together

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Von Richter View Post

            Commander Terry Goddard, DSC

            RIP

            LEST WE FORGET


            Another witness to yesterday is no longer with us. Pretty soon all we will have left is their stories.

            The few are getting fewer.

            R.I.P.

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