Edwin William Goddard



St. Matthews, South Carolina           

Parents - William Henry and Harriet Kennedy Goddard.

Army Air Force, Second Lieutenant

2133rd Army Air Force Base Unit, Spence Field, Berlin, Georgia

Dec 21, 1923

Jun 6, 1945

Non Battle Death - Killed when 2 trainer planes collided.

West End Cemetery, St. Matthews, SC


Additional Information

Squadron: 2133rd AAFBU (Flight Instructor)

List of Crew:
Pilot   Goddard, Edwin W.     2nd Lt.,A.C.   Fatal
SP      Finewood, Vincent W.     A/C., A.C.       Fatal
Pilot   Schaeffer, Frederick E.   2nd Lt.,A.C.     Fatal
SP     Gibbs, Jack H.                A/C.,A.C.        Fatal

Accident Report #45-6-6-17:
Aircraft Number: 41-34134

On June 6th, 1945, 2nd Lt. F.E. Shaeffer, an instructor was flying AT-6D, 42-85951, with a student, J.H. Gibbs in the back seat.  2nd Lt. E.W. Goddard was also flying AT-6D, 41-3413 with student, V.W. Finewood in the backseat.  The planes collided at an unknown altitude with no credible witnesses to the incident.  It is believed that the crash was a cause of pilot error on the part of the instructors who likely did not see the other plane while teaching their students.

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“One of Our Finest” – Vignette written by Kelly Durham for The Echo