Squadron Leader Vivian Christopher Goodwin is serving as Flight Commander in an operational squadron. He has flown 1,350 hours on type. He took part in the Goa operations, the Congo operations and the 1965 conflict with Pakistan. On 29th November 1968, he took off on a cross-country flight. A few minutes after take-off, he lost aileron control due to a fire in the starboard wing. Even though the nature of the emergency warranted abandoning the aircraft, he brought it safely to base. While doing so, he avoided flying over populated areas, even though this prolonged the flight and greatly increased the danger to him personally.
Throughout, Squadron Leader Vivian Christopher Goodwin displayed courage and professional skill.