King's College London
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Goddard, Fred

A Brave Methodist Officer: It is now possible to record the heroic details of a brave deed performed last year by Flying Officer Fred Goddard R.A.F., B.Sc. formerly of King’ s College, London and Westminster College. Answering a call for help, he clambered two hundred feet down a cliff face to the rocks below, where an American ship was being dashed to pieces during a violent storm, off an island in the Mediterranean. One hundred and five Americans and forty-five German prisoners were saved.

Flying Officer Goddard was leaning forward to rescue a prisoner who had slipped when a great wave swept him out to sea. He was seen struggling in the water for two-and-a-half hours, but all efforts to save him failed. His body was recovered some weeks later, and he was buried with full honours, American officers acting as pall bearers. Among the many letters of sympathy received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. G. Goddard, of Oldham was one from the King and one from Air Vice Marshall, Sir Hugh P. Lloyd then commanding the Allied Air Coastal Forces in the Mediterranean. Methodist Recorder 16.03.1944:


First name(s)Fred
Date of birth15 October 1915
Family detailsSon of George and Mary Ellen Goddard, of Hollingwood, Oldham, Lancashire
CollegeKing's College London and/or King's College London Hospital
Dates at college1936-1939
Dept / courseFaculty of Science
QualificationsB.Sc. Lond.
Military unitRoyal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Service number114781
War / conflictWorld War Two (1939-1945)
Date of death26/02/1944
Age at death28
Rank at deathFlying Officer
Cause of deathDrowned while assisting in a rescue.
Burial placeNaples War Cemetery, Italy
Commemoration(s)King’ s College Chapel
SourcesKing’ s College London Archives; Commonwealth War Graves Commission; Methodist Recorder

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