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Charles Jean Joseph Goffin


Lt Goffin was a Belgian citizen from Graide in the province of Namur. He was killed in action on 8th September 1944 in Spitfire PRXI MB952, crashing at Reckange-les-Mersch, Luxembourg, a mere 80 kilometers from his place of birth.

We have since been contacted by a researcher from Luxembourg who has researched this loss fully and is also hoping to write a book about it. We also hope to receive other articles from Erny as and when he is able. Charles Goffin died of his wounds while he tried to bring in his Spitfire on Friday, 8th September 1944 at more or less 11.00 hrs. His body first was brought to Mersch (main municipality) and was buried there in the local cemetery behind the church.

A few weeks later, Lt. Goffin's body was transported to the American Military Cemetery in Hamm (suburb of Luxembourg-City), where the body remained until 11th of September 1945.

On 12th of September 1945 Lt. Goffin's body was finally removed to his hometown in Graide (Belgium) and the coffin, offered by the United States of America was first displayed in the entrance hall of his parents' home. In every street of Graide, Belgian flags were waving from the houses, on that specific day. The locals payed tribute to their highly appreciated citizen, when the coffin was moved to the nearby church. After the funerals and moving speeches, highlighting Lt. Goffin's military career and civilian life, he finally was laid to rest in the family grave in Graide.
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Units served with


  • MB952


  • PA892 'My Darling Dorothy'

    Supermarine Spitfire PA892 PR Mk XI C/No 4996 Built at Chattis Hill Spitfire Factory. ...

  • MB952 Kisty I

    Supermarine Spitfire MB952 PR Mk XIT, Built at Chattis Hill. ...


Associated Place

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...


Event Location Date
Born Graide, 5555 Bièvre, Belgium 7 March 1913
Enlisted Washington, DC, United States 8 January 1943

as a Staff Sergeant in the Air Corps


Date Contributor Update
14 July 2017 15:48:33 millebr Changes to awards

Date Contributor Update
25 March 2015 15:05:33 ED-BB Changes to middlename, service number, biography, events and mission associations

Research done in 2014 and 2015 about compatriot Charles GOFFIN..
NARA WWII Enlistment Records
MACR 9171
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19 December 2014 02:15:25 466thHistorian Changes to events

Chris Brassfield

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19 December 2014 02:14:14 466thHistorian Changes to aircraft associations

Chris Brassfield

Date Contributor Update
19 December 2014 02:11:21 466thHistorian Changes to middlename, nationality, highest rank, role, biography, events, unit associations, place associations and aircraft associations

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27 September 2014 18:05:45 AAM AAM ingest

7th Photo Recon Group Master Directory, 6 June 1996 / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia