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Group History

"Butch" Goodwin Missions

Elmer B. "Butch" Goodwin - Mission History

100th BG Photo Archives

1ST LT AUSTIN F. DUNLAP P CPT
2ND LT ELMER B. GOODWIN CP CPT
2ND LT MAXIM BARASCH NAV CPT
2ND LT WALTER B. CUMMINGS BOM NOC
S/SGT RAYMOND J. JUNION TTE CPT
S/SGT JOHN E. SMITH ROG CPT
SGT SALVATORE J. BRACCO BTG CPT
SGT NORMAN R. BUCHANAN RWG CPT
SGT MELVIN H. PATTON LWG CPT
SGT JACK BOURNE TG CPT

350th Sqdn..Crew, as above, joined the 100th on 26 May 44

Butch Goodwin was longtime 100TH ASSOC OFFICER (TREASURER)

Operational Missions:

Date Formation Position Pilot A/C # Target
2-Jun-44 Left Wing - High Sqdn. Dunlap 695 No Ball, Fr.
4-Jun-44 Left Wing - Lead Sqdn. Dunlap 695 No Ball, Fr.
6-Jun-44 Left Wing - Lead Sqdn. Dunlap 695 Invasion Coast
6-Jun-44 Right Wing - Lead Sqdn. Dunlap 695 Invasion Coast
8-Jun-44 Left Wing - Low Sqdn. Dunlap 903 Tours, Fr.
14-Jun-44 2nd Elem. - Lead Sqdn. Dunlap 695 Brussels, Bel.
22-Jun-44 Low Sqdn. Dunlap 89 Paris
7-Jul-44 2 Elem - Low Sqdn. Tiahrt 903 Leipzig, Ger. (2 eng.)
12-Jul-44 Low Sqdn. - Lead Group Tiahrt 621 Munich, Ger.
13-Jul-44 Low Sqdn. - Lead Group Tiahrt 621 Munich, Ger.
14-Jul-44 High Sqdn. - High Group Tiahrt 621 Brieve, Fr. (Secret)
20-Jul-44 Low Sqdn. Tiahrt -- Near Leipzig, Ger.
24-Jul-44 Low Sqdn. - High Group Tiahrt 621 Military Target, Fr.
25-Jul-44 Low Sqdn. - High Group Tiahrt 621 Military Target, Fr.
31-Jul-44 2nd Elem - High Sqdn. Tiahrt 657 Munich, Ger.
2-Aug-44 High Sqdn.- Lead Group Tiahrt 89 France-Bel. Bridge
3-Aug-44 Low Sqdn. Tiahrt 657 France, Oil Refinery
4-Aug-44 2nd Elem Lead Tiahrt 657 Hamburg (3 eng.)
8-Aug-44 High Sqdn. - High Group Tiahrt 89 German Troops/ 10,000 ft.
13-Aug-44 2nd Elem - Lead Group Tiahrt 43 Paris (Retreating Germans)
14-Aug-44 Low Sqdn. - High Group Tiahrt 89 Ludwigshaven, Ger.

All missions after the 14 Aug 44 Ludwigshaven were flown as first pilot..

Date Formation Position Pilot A/C # Target
8-Sep-44 Right Wing - High Sqdn. Goodwin 47 Frankfurt, Ger (Raine as IP)
9-Sep-44 Left Wing - Lead Sqdn. Goodwin 47 Dusseldorf, Ger (Raine as IP)
2-Oct-44 Right Wing - Low Sqdn. Goodwin 994 Kassel, Ger
3-Oct-44 Left Wing - Lead Sqdn. Goodwin 882 Heilbron/Nurnberg/Stuttagart
5-Oct-44 Right Wing - Lead Sqdn. Goodwin 408 Munster, Ger.
6-Oct-44 Right Wing - Low Sqdn. Goodwin 408 Berlin
7-Oct-44 Right Wing - High Group Goodwin 408 Leipzig, Ger.
18-Oct-44 Low Sqdn. - Lead Group Goodwin 408 Kassel, Ger.
22-Oct-44 Low Sqdn. - High Group Goodwin 408 Munster, Ger.
30-Oct-44 Low Sqdn. - Low Group Goodwin 408 Meresburg, Ger. (recall)
21-Nov-44 Low Sqdn. Goodwin 408 Meresburg (Oanabruck)
26-Nov-44 Low Sqdn. Goodwin 408 Hamm, Ger.
30-Nov-44 Low Sqdn. Goodwin 408 Meresburg, Ger. (Rough)

Lt. Goodwin flew 21 missions as a co-pilot and 13 as first pilot. His mission log is filled with rough misions, noteable the three trips to Meresburg, one of which was recalled, and the 26 Nov 44 Hamm misison. There are several other trips to the Rhur area ("Happy Valley"). These targets were well protected by Flak batteries and were always contested by the Luftwaffe.

During his combat tour Lt. Goodwin acted as Assistant Engineering Officer of the 350th Squadron as an additional duty. Upon completing his combat tour, Nov 30, 1944 Merseburg, Ger., he moved to Group Engineering and later became the Engineering Officer of the 349th.

Mr. Goodwin remained in the service after WW II until his retirement. He resides in Hot Springs Village, AR as of 1994. He has served the 100th Bomb Group Association as it's Treasurer since the organization was formed. "Butch," to all the members of the 100th, is one of the most respected and well known of the 100th airmen.