Log book of Kenneth James Godwin, 1942-1944

Accession Number AWM2019.22.235
Collection number PR05405
Collection type Digitised Collection
Record type Item
Item count 1
Object type Log book
Physical description 68 Image/s captured
Maker Godwin, Kenneth James
Royal Australian Air Force
Place made Australia, United Kingdom
Date made 1942-1944
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945
Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to This item has been digitised with funding provided by Commonwealth Government.

Log book relating to the Second World War service of 412945 Pilot Officer Kenneth James Godwin, 460 Squadron, Royal Australian Air Force.

Godwin’s log book contains records of the flights he made between March 1942 and February 1944, including training flights, progress tests, cross country flights, night flying practice, and formation flying practice, as well as operational flights that were part of the strategic bombing offensive against Germany. A notable entry in this log book is that of 12 December 1943, which records that Godwin piloted the famous Lancaster bomber “G for George” in a bombing raid targeting Berlin. He arrived at the target half an hour late, but successfully completed his mission and returned to base safely.

The final entry in this log book is dated 19 February 1944, when Pilot Officer Godwin failed to return from a bombing operation on Leipzig, Germany. His aircraft was attacked by German fighter planes, the bomb bay caught alight, and the aircraft crashed in Steinhuder Lake near Hagenburg, Germany. Godwin’s body was never found. He was presumed to have died on 20 February 1944.