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Air Commodore William Macdonald Goodman

Service No & Branch 3571 F(P)
Date of Birth: 12 Jul 1924 Commissioned: 01 Apr 1949 Course: 46 Course
Service End: Retired on 06 Jul 1974 Died on 31 Dec 2002 (78 Years age)
Qualifications Held :
Remarks :
Promotions Gazetted
Flt Lt : 01 Apr 1954Wg Cdr : 01 Oct 1966Acting Gp Capt : 22 Apr 1967Gp Capt : 01 Oct 1970
Acting Air Cmde : 17 Sep 1973
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Appointments, Postings & Other Service Particulars

11 Apr 1959 - 22 Apr 1962Sqn LdrNo.8 SquadronKalaikunda Commanding Officer
01 Sep 1963 - 19 May 1966Wg CdrNo.31 SquadronPathankot Commanding Officer
14 May 1969 - 04 Jun 1971Gp Capt16 WingHashimara Station Commander
14 Jun 1971 - 16 Sep 1973Gp CaptElementary Flying SchoolBidar Commandant
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Awards and Decorations

Number of Awards: 1
Maha Vir Chakra
Wg CdrWilliam Macdonald Goodman3571 GD(P)Award Date 01 Sep 1965Announced 10 Sep 1965
Details :

Wing Commander William MacDonald Goodman was commissioned in the Indian Air Force as General Duties (Pilot) on I April 1949.

On I September 1965, Pakistan launched a strong armour attack in the Chhamb sector with a view to cut the Indian communication lines to Kashmir. This posed a great threat to Indian security. Wing Commander Goodman, commanding No.31 Squadron flying the Mystere IVa fighter bombers at Pathankot, was entrusted with the task of destroying enemy tanks and troop concentrations in the Chhamb sector.

The squadron immediately went into action and blunted the enemy offensive by destroying his tanks and armoured vehicles. Between 2 and 8 September, the squadron undertook many reconnaissance and ground attack missions in the area. These included rocketing of tank concentrations at Troti and Chhamb and strafing of enemy positions at Jaurian.

On 9 September the Squadron did the more commendable work. A photo recce and strike mission was undertaken between Kasur and Raiwind by two aircraft. They attacked a train carrying tanks and destroyed twenty of them. This was followed by an attack on a tank and heavy gun concentration at Chawinda. Many of these reconnaissance and ground attack missions were led by Wing Commander Goodman himself in the face of heavy air and ground opposition. He was a source of inspiration to all ranks under his command. Under his guidance the Squadron maintained a very high standard of serviceability which contributed to a number if successful strikes on enemy positions. Wing Commander Goodman was awarded the Maha Vir Chakra for conspicuous gallantry, leadership and professional skill.

Unit : 31 Sqn
Reference : Gazette of India , 1st January 1966 - No.124 - Pres/65 dated 10th September 1965
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