James A. Goodson survived sinking of Athenia

Dear Mac,

What a treasure trove of information about the old Athenia. I'm now 87, but definitely survived. To this day I don't know how Hitler knew where I was, but he found me. I was taken to Galway on the Knute Nelson. Since that day, I have always had great regard for the Norwegians!

I notice on the newspaper list of survivors from the Knute Nelson, I was listed as a Canadian. I am actually an American, born in NY. Sandwich was the small town in Kent, England where I was staying that summer with my aunt and uncle.

Upon arriving in Glasgow, I immediately volunteered for the RAF, eventually becoming a fighter pilot with 416 RCAF, then 133 RAF Eagle Squadron, and then in September 1942, transferred to the USAAF, 336 Squadron, 4th Fighter Group. I was shot down by flak on June 20th, 1944 and ended up in Stalag Luft 3.

James A. Goodson
Duxbury, Massachusetts

Dear James,

My thanks for your letter, we are always pleased to hear from Athenia survivors, and should you feel like it, I would love to hear your remembrances of that fateful night on the first day of WW2. We would add them to our Athenia Pages, for our visitors to also enjoy.

In 2009, the Glasgow Museum of Transport will open a new section devoted to the loss of Athenia, the curator there,

Emily Malcolm
Curator, Transport & Technology
Museum of Transport

I am sure would love to hear from you.

Take good care of yourself James.

With best wishes from Australia.


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