Regiment : H.M.S. Daedalus Royal Navy
Service number : FAAFX79679
Conflict : WW2
Date of death : 17th January 1941 aged 23
Buried : Commemorated on Lee-on-Solent Memorial, Hampshire, England, Bay 2, Panel 1.
Relatives : Son of Edwin and Muriel Goodman, of Finstall, Worcestershire
Memorial : Aston Fields War Memorial
Educated at Uppingham School, Rutland.
HMS Daedalus was the name given to the airfield at Lee-on-Solent when naval aviation responsibilities were transferred to the Royal Navy in May 1939. With the outbreak of war in September 1939, buildings were camouflaged and anti-aircraft gun defences and shelters were constructed to protect the airfield. By 1941 a number of front line squadrons were based there flying a wide variety of aircraft. On 6th June 1944 it was the base from which the first aircraft took off to take part in the D-Day invasions on the Normandy beaches.
The following information was taken from uboat.net on 5th January 2017:
On 17th January 1941, Oliver Goodman was enroute with 21 officers and 120 other ratings of the Fleet Air Arm (FAA) to RNAS Piarco, Trinidad on board the unescorted Almeda Star when she came under attack from the German U-Boat U-96. The ship was brought to a halt at 07.45 when the 1st torpedo struck but did not sink despite two further torpedo strikes at 08.05 and 09.07. The U-Boat then surfaced to shell the ship with incendiaries which resulted in small fires which soon went out. At 09.55 another torpedo was fired which caused the ship to sink within 3 minutes. Seven destroyers were ordered to search the area but no survivors were found – the master, 136 crew, 29 gunners and 142 FAA men, including Oliver Goodman, all perished.