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John Trevor Godfrey

Military

John T Godfrey was born in Canada, but his parents moved to Rhode Island when he was young. At the outbreak of war he enlisted with the Royal Canadian Air Force. He transferred to the 8th Air Force in August 1943 and earned fame as the wing man of Ace, Don Gentile. He completed his first tour of duty in April 1944, but soon returned to the European Theatre in August 1944 to lead the 336th Fighter Squadron. On 24 August 1944, he was shot down during a strafing mission by his wing man and taken prisoner of war. Godfrey pursued a career in politics and business following the war, until he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease. He died in 1958.

Prisoner of War (POW) crashed in Northeim on 24 Aug 44 in P-51 #4413412. He was with the RAF before US entered war so the AAf allowed him to wear the RCAF Wings.

He also was wingman for Don Gentile and they made quite a mark in the history books for their outstanding flying during WW II.

Dist. Unit Citation Ribbon; Dist. Serv. Cross, Silver Star [OLC], DFC [5 OLC]; Purple Heart; Air Medal [3 OLC]; and European Theater Ribbon [4 battle stars]; WWII Victory; French Croix de Guerre w/ Silver Star; American Campaign Medal; American Defense Service Medal; Canadian Volunteer Ribbon w/ Maple Leaf.

16.33 air/13.67 ground

Service

People

  • Lawrence Krantz

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief | 4th Fighter Group
    Larry was the one-time crew chief for Captain John T. Godfrey. S/Sgt Frank Mason said, “Larry was a low-key, personable guy.” S/Sgt Don Groomer said, “I remember him as a great mechanic, very accommodating . . . a no-nonsense guy who didn’t say much.”

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force

    Command

  • 4th Fighter Group

    4th Fighter Group

    Group
    Some of the pilots of the 4th Fighter Group had seen many hours of combat by the time they joined the 4th Fighter Group as they had volunteered with the Royal Canadian Air Force and the Royal Air Force. The three 'Eagle Squadrons' of RAF Fighter...

  • 336th Fighter Squadron

    336th Fighter Squadron

    Squadron
    The 336th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on 22 august 1942, and was activated at Bushey Hall, England, on 12 September. It had been designated as No. 133 (Eagle) Squadron, and was made up of American volunteers to the Royal Air...

Aircraft

  • 43-6633 'Little Mac'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to Lt Robert F Nelson 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Re-Assigned to Lt Thomas K McDill 24-May-44. On an escort mission 15 miles NW of Stuttgart, shot down by Luftwaffe Leutnant Franz Koplik who was flying an Bf109G-6. POW - (Stalag Luft III, Sagan)...

  • 44-13412

    P-51 Mustang
    Gained by 336 Fighter Squadron on 10th June 1944 and was a participant in "Frantic 2" - the first 8th Air Force Shuttle Mission to Russia and return via Italy and North Africa. Assigned to Lt. Logan as VF-M but lost with Maj. Godfrey who became a POW. ...

  • 42-7884 'Reggie's Reply' / 'Lucky' 'Donnie Boy'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D Thunderbolt 42-7884, was 2nd Lt John Godfrey's first 'REGGIE'S REPLY', which he inherited from his future flight leader 1st Lt. Don Gentile. ...

  • 43-6765

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Lt John T Godfrey, crew chief was S/Sgt Larry Krantz. Modified to P-51B-7-NA. In collision with P-51B 43-6876 6-Apr-44, withdrawn from combat operations due to damage.

  • 42-106730 'Reggie's Reply'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. This aircraft belonged to (then) Lt. Johnny Godfrey. He had only flown the new aircraft on three missions prior to it's forced belly landing. This happened when Lt. Bob Tussey (John Godfrey's roommate) got his RAF...

  • 43-6666

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Personal aircraft of Major Louis H Norley.

  • 44-13325 'Rosie's Beau'

    P-51 Mustang
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. Transferred to 503FS, 339FG, 8AF USAAF.

Associated Place

  • Debden

    Military site : airfield
    RAF Debden, construction of which began in 1935, is perhaps most famous as a Battle of Britain fighter airfield, partly responsible for the defence of London in 1940. In 1942 it was also home to three RAF 'Eagle Squadrons’ of volunteer American pilots...

Events

Event Location Date
Born Montreal, QC, Canada 28 March 1922
Lived in Woonsocket, RI, USA 1940
Assigned Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 22 September 1943 – 27 August 1944

Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 1 December 1943

Promoted to 1st Lt.

A Flight Commander 30 March 1944

Designated Flight Commander A Flight.

Promoted Debden, Saffron Walden, Essex CB11, UK 26 April 1944

Promoted to Captain.

Prisoner of War (POW) Zagan, Poland 24 August 1944 – 1945

Prisoner of War.

Shot down Nordhausen, Germany 24 August 1944

Aircraft struck by fire from wingman while strafing; crash-landed near Nordhausen, Germany; POW. MACR 7941.

Died South Freeport, Freeport, ME 04032, USA 12 June 1958

Died of ALS "Lou Gehrig Disease".

Buried Rhode Island, USA July 1958

Maple Root Cemetery
Coventry, Kent County
Rhode Island, USA.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
14 March 2016 15:12:20 Al_Skiff Changes to role, biography, awards, events, unit associations and media associations
Sources

http://www.4thfightergroupassociation.org/uploads/8/2/0/3/8203817/336_go...
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GSln=Godfrey&GSfn=John&...

Date Contributor Update
12 March 2015 21:28:58 apollo11 Changes to awards and events
Sources

Personal research & 'Eighty-One Aces of the 4th Fighter Group' by Frank Speer.

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2014 10:33:03 Emily Changes to biography, awards and events
Sources

Added place of burial and awards into relevant sections from Bio.

Date Contributor Update
07 October 2014 10:30:22 Emily Changes to middlename, highest rank, biography, events, place associations and media associations
Sources

Freeman, The Mighty Eighth, pp. 277-278.

http://acesofww2.com/USA/aces/godfrey/

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=2209

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:16:41 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia / Fighter Aces of the U. S. A. and Mustang Aces of the Eighth Air Force MACR 7941 / MACR 7941 / Paul Andrews, Project Bits and Pieces, 8th Air Force Roll of Honor database / Ted Damick, VIII Fighter Command pilots list

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