James Goodson was born on the 21st of March 1921 in New York City USA. At the outbreak of World War II Goodson was sent to England and trained as a pilot in the RAF. He became a member of no 133 Squadron (one of the American Eagle squadrons). When the Eagle squadrons transferred to the US Army Air Corps in September 1942, Goodson became a member of the 336th Fighter Squadron. Goodson converted from a Spitfire to a P-47 Thunderbolt- it was said with much regret, but he went on to become an Ace with this new aircraft he scored his first five victories with it. Downed by flak on the 20th of June 1944, Goodson spent the rest of the War as a POW. Goodson finished World War II with 14.5 victories.
Distinguished Service Cross. Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross with 8 Oak Leaf Clusters, And Air Medal with 3 Oak Leaf Clusters.
Aircraft In World War II