He enlisted in the USAAF 3 September 1941 at Fort Thomas Newport, Kentucky. On 14 October 1943, at 1245 hours, B-24D, # 41-24220, upon which he was the pilot, assigned to the 7th Bomb Group, 493rd Bomb Squadron, departed Pandaveswar, India, on a bombing mission to Rangoon, Burma. Weather was reported as scattered cumulus clouds at 12,000 feet, 40% coverage, slight haze, good weather. It was shot down by enemy aircraft and was said to have gone down “blazing.” The enemy attacked and the bomb bay was hit and a fire erupted. The aircraft separated in the middle and disintegrated.Five crew perished and five survived in the POW prison at the Rangoon Cantonment (former British prison). He was liberated in May 1945 and was honorably discharged 18 December 1945 after recovering his health. The articles about Mr. and Mrs. Goad are present to show how confusion and heartbreak can reign when a USAAF veteran was captured by the Japanese and made a POW. The Japanese were notoriously uncommunicative about the identity of POWs. That si;ence caused many spouses of POWs to mistakenly believe their husband was killed in action. After grieving the loss, some married only to later discover that their "deceased" husband had been a POW and was being treated then returned to the U.S. Some couples reunited, like the Goads, but some did not.

 

Brother Clarence A. Goad served during WW II. He enlisted 11 December 1942 in the USAAF at Fort Thomas Newport, Kentucky (enlisted service # 15394297).