Diaries are dedicated to the memory of my Mother & Dad
Katherine Moira Goodall
1914 - 1991
William Motion Goodall
1914 - 2001
Dad gave this section of his Diaries the title 'Journal of William
Motion Goodall, ordinary member of the RAF during World War II'.
He had volunteered to fight for his country and was shot down
over Holland on his way to bomb Germany. He spent almost two
years in the famous 'Great Escape' Stalug Luft III Prisoner of
War ('PoW') camp and he kept a Diary.
Goodall's Diaries span 60 years of his life. They are fascinating,
to me and my family and possibly to others too, since they express
life as it really was at the time.
the rapid expansion of the Internet it seems appropriate to use
this worldwide medium to publish selected extracts that would
probably not otherwise see the public light-of-day. Bill's Diaries
for the Second World War contain over 30,000 words - this net-extract
is somewhat shorter!
start with Tuesday
14th October 1941
when Dad, who had been selected for pilot training in the RAF,
was about to set off from the UK for America.
by Ian Goodall
1999; last revised January 2002
my wonderful parents, Bill and Moira: My Mother ("Moira")
and Dad ("Bill", or "Billy" as he was known
by Mother) were both 27 years old when this story began. Bill,
who maintained his daily diary until 1998, died in July 2001
in Jubilee House Nursing Home, Godalming, Surrey having borne
his dementia with courage and fortitude. Moira died in
September 1991 in Cameron Hospital, Windygates, Fife from the
cruel effects of a series of strokes.