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Anthony Henry Goebel

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With the World at War, Anthony H. Goebel (age 24) felt compelled to enlist in military service and reluctantly left his young, wartime bride to join the US Army Air Corps in 1942. After qualifying to become a pilot, Flight Cadet Goebel completed two years in Officer Candidate School\Flight Training where he competed with the 'best of the best' and graduated (from Jackson Mississippi) to earn the highest possible (and most coveted) assignment – single-engine fighter combat.

Tony was assigned to the 487th Fighter Squadron ("Meyer's Maulers") of the 352nd Fighter Group (which Reichsmarschall Hermann Goering contemptuously called those “Blue Nosed Bastards of Bodney”) within the 8th Air Force of the United States Army Air Corps.

He flew 36 combat missions in his North American P-51D Mustang: "Miss GENNY CLOUD" - named after his first wife Miss Genevieve Cloud. Having survived many deadly engagements with enemy aircraft in large dogfights (often called "fur balls"), the sum of his partial kills (credit shared with other pilots) totaled: two Me 109's (Messerschmitt Bf 109) and one Me 262 (German jet).

AWARDS: Distinguished Unit Citation with 1 Oak Leaf Cluster, Air Medal (3 OLC), Croix de Guerre, EAME Medal (4 Bronze Stars), WWII Victory Medal.

Deployed overseas, steaming across the 'pond' (Atlantic Ocean) on the RMS Queen Mary (converted to a troopship), Anthony was first based at the airfield in Bodney England where he became good friends with William "Bill" T. Whisner Jr. and shared private Officers' Quarters re-purposed from an unused storage room.

Lt. A. H. Goebel flew numerous escort missions protecting bombers that attacked enemy factories, V-weapon sites, submarine pens, and other strategic locations on the Continent.

He also flew counter-air patrols, and on many occasions strafed and dive-bombed airfields, locomotives, vehicles, troops, gun positions, and various other targets.

After the Germans launched a counteroffensive in the Ardennes in Dec 1944, the group's planes and pilots were sent to Asch Belgium and placed under the control of the Ninth AF for operations in the Battle of the Bulge (Dec 1944-Jan 1945).

During this time, while “Miss GENNY CLOUD” was under repair, military records document that Tony scored (2) 1/2 kills of Me 109’s while flying Bill Whisner's "Moonbeam McSwine" 44-14237 on December 27th, 1944.

The superior capabilities of the P-51D (in both range and performance in aerial combat) decimated the German offensive. In desperation, Germany launched Operation Bodenplatte (Baseplate) on 1 January 1945, as an attempt by the Luftwaffe to cripple Allied air forces. The goal of Bodenplatte was to gain air superiority during the stagnant stage of the Battle of the Bulge so that the German Army and Waffen-SS forces could resume their advance.

During that battle, action by the detachment earned for the group the Croix de Guerre with Palm: just as 12 of the detachment's planes were awaiting permission for take-off on an area patrol, the Aerodrome was attacked by approximately 50 German fighters; in the aerial battle that followed (now referred to as the "Legend of Y-29"), the 352nd shot down almost half the enemy planes without losing any of its own.

Post war: Anthony received a Presidential Citation and an Honorable Discharge - and finished his military career in the Reserves where he was offered a promotion to Captain upon re-enlisting (which he respectfully declined). After separation, he continued to fly as a private/commercial pilot.

He married his 2nd wife, Marianne, and had 3 children. He joined the Experimental Aircraft Association and flew aerobatic exhibitions of a home-built Benson Gyrocopter for over 10 years performing flight demonstrations at the Cleveland National Air Show, Oshkosh Wisconsin, and the Sun & Fun Fly-in in Florida.

As a master machinist, retired from Westinghouse after 25+ years of service in Cleveland Ohio, he has built/rebuilt a multitude of aircraft over the decades including: Taylor Craft, Stolp V-Star, Kit Fox, Lazair, etc...

Upon retiring to NC (for the warmer climate), Tony trained new pilots as an instructor of the Lazair Ultralight aircraft throughout his early nineties.

Until his death on July 14th, 2018 (at 101 years of age) Anthony remained active in VFW Post 9010 and participated in numerous Veterans' events to Honor his fallen comrades by sharing his personal experience as a P-51D fighter pilot (he was always grateful for his opportunity to serve at the time when it was needed most).

Service

People

  • Cyril Doleac

    Military | Second Lieutenant | Pilot | 27th Air Transport Group

  • Richard Funk

    Military | Sergeant | Assistant Crew Chief "Miss GENNY CLOUD" | 352nd Fighter Group

  • William Halton

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group

  • John Meyer

    Military | Lieutenant Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    John C Meyer became an Aviation Cadet and enlisted shortly after in 1939. By 1940 he had been promoted to Second-Lieutenant and was training pilots at Randolph Field, Texas. After received his orders in September 1942 he reported to the 352nd Fighter...

  • Charles Pattillo

    Military | Lieutenant General | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    He and his twin brother Cuthbert 'Bill' flew with the same group.

  • Cuthbert Pattillo

    Military | General | Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    In November 1942, Pattillo together with his twin brother enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Forces, later completing the aviation cadet program and receiving his pilot wings and commission as a second lieutenant at Marianna, Fla., in March 1944. He and his...

  • George Preddy

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot 1055 single engine/Squadron Commander | 352nd Fighter Group
    CO 328th FS 352nd FG 4 kills (P-51D) ...

  • William Whisner

    Military | Colonel | Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Became ace in a day, shot down 5. He was credited for 15 German Planes in the air and 3 on the ground during WW II he also received partial credit for a 16th kill in the air He was a veteran of both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. 15.50 + 5.5 in Korea ...

  • James White

    Military | Flight Officer | Fighter Pilot | 352nd Fighter Group
    Flew in P-51 'Socky'

  • Joseph Zoppi

    Military | Staff Sergeant | Crew Chief of "Miss GENNY CLOUD" | 352nd Fighter Group

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Units served with

  • 8th Air Force

    8th Air Force


    Eighth Air Force Bomber Command became the Eighth Air Force on February 1944, it oversaw bombardment of strategic targets in Europe until 1945. ...

  • 352nd Fighter Group

    352nd Fighter Group

    Group
    The 352nd Fighter Group were based at Bodney, Norfolk from July 1943 until November 1945 but in the winter months of 1944/1945 detachments moved to bases in Belgium to provide extra air support to ground forces during the Battle of the Bulge and to...

  • 487th Fighter Squadron

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Associated Place

  • Bodney

    Military site : airfield
    Before the Americans arrived Bodney was a grass-surfaced airfield. So when the 352nd Fighter Group arrived with heavy P-47 Thunderbolts, work was carried out to strengthen its roads and runways with steel matting, concrete and tarmac. Nissen huts also...

  • Asch

    Military site : airfield

  • Chievres

    Military site : airfield

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Born Ambridge, PA 15003, USA 7 July 1917
Lived in Pennsylvania, USA 1942
Enlisted Baltimore, MD, USA 5 October 1942
Promotion England, UK 1944

Promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

Promotion Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 1944

Promoted to Flight Officer.

Graduated flight school April 1944

Graduated/Awarded wings.

Based Bodney October 1944 – 1945

Assigned to 487FS, 352FG, 8AF USAAF. Based Bodney, Asch and latter Chievres Begium.

E/A destroyed Germany 27 December 1944

2 Me109's destroyed in Germany. 27-Dec-1944. F/O Anthony H Goebel credited with (2) 1/2 kills, one at 10:55-12:15, and the other at 11:00-11:30 - Both while flying HO-W 44-14237 "Moonbeam McSWINE".

End Tour of Duty (ETD) Bodney, Thetford IP26, UK 8 May 1945 – June 1945

Victory in Europe: May 8th, 1945
Ended Tour of Duty (ETD).

Promotion Camp Kilmer, NJ, USA September 1945

Promoted to Captain (contingent upon re-enlisting) and later divorced his 1st wife "Genny" due to her infidelity during their wartime separation.

Lived in Cleveland, OH, USA 1946 – 3 September 1980

Met, and married, his wife Marianne in Cleveland Ohio where they raised 3 children.

Lived in Kernersville, NC 27284, USA 4 September 1980 – 14 July 2018

Moved to Clemmons/Kernersville NC after retirement to enjoy the warmer climate .

Died 14 July 2018

Passed away peacefully in his sleep at Kate B. Reynold Hospice Home (Winston-Salem, NC), surrounded by loved ones.

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Correction allowing for the possibility that "MISS Genny Cloud" and "Miss GENNY CLOUD" are the same aircraft after extensive repairs and a repaint.

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A.H. Goebel was promoted to Captain at the end of his combat assignment in Europe.

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