Remembering WWII Veteran & Telegraphist Air Gunner Fred Good January 15, 2012   Fred   Good   passed   away   December   16,   2011;   a   service   was   held   December   23,   2011.   He   served   as   a   Telegraphist   Air   Gunner   in the   Royal   Navy   during   the   Second   World   War   and   was   from   Watford,   Hertfordshire   in   England.   He   was   actively   involved   in   the Telegraphist Air Gunners Association both n ationally and locally in with the Watford Branch of the Fleet Air Arm Association. Fred's   wartime   experiences   from   the   Second   World   War   are   told   online   in   the Wartime Heritage Association's story, "Merchant Aircraft Carriers - MAC ships" Fred   Good   was   a   friend   of   the   Wartime   Heritage   Association   and   was   involved in   sharing   some   of   his   wartime   experiences   and   historical   information,   which contributed   to   the   Association’s   wartime   theatrical   stage   musical   productions. It   was   an   honour   to   have   known   him   and   he   will   be   remembered   by   all   those with   Wartime   Heritage   that   had   the   opportunity   to   meet   Fred   during   the Telegraphist    Air    Gunners    Association's    (TAGA)    events    and    Annual    Memorial Weekends in Lee-On-Solent, Hampshire, UK between 2004 and 2007. He   will   be   missed   by   our   members   and   remembered   always.   We   extend   our   sincere   condolences   to   his   wife   Beryl   and   the   rest   of his family, and TAGA friends. Good's   story   was   also   featured   recently   in   the   Watford   Observer   in   the   article,   "Navy   veterans   from   Watford   celebrate   aviation milestone": One   of   a   unique   group   of   sailor-airmen,   Fred   Good   helped   the   Royal   Navy   to   win   the   Battle   of   the   Atlantic   that   was   so   vital   in keeping Britain's food stocks alive during World War Two. The   achievements   of   Mr   Good   and   other   Watford   veterans   of   the   Fleet   Air   Arm   will   now   be   celebrated   in   a   series   of   events   to mark the 100th anniversary of naval aviation. When   he   joined   the   Royal   Navy   as   an   18-year-old   in   1942,   Mr   Good   became   a telegraphist   air   gunner   and   served   for   three   years   on   Merchant Aircraft   Carriers, preventing U-boat attacks from his seat in a Swordfish biplane. His   role   was   to   protect   convoys   –   groups   of   up   to   100   ships   –   sailing   across   the Atlantic   that   carried   everything   from   grain   and   oil   and   other   food   items,   guns and armaments to Britain from America and Canada. If   there   was   an   alert,   the   planes   would   take   off   and   circle   the   convoy,   forcing the   enemy   U-boats   to   submerge   as   they   were   vulnerable   from   above   and   then could not attack from beneath the ocean surface. Mr Good, from Harrow Way, Carpenders Park, said: “Those convoys were vital to the life of Great Britain. “The   Battle   of   the Atlantic   was   critical.   The   losses   of   merchant   ships   were   enormous.   There   was   air   cover   on   both   sides   of   the Atlantic but only in the range of those aircraft. It left 600 miles totally unprotected. U-boats were taking an absolute killing. “Fairly   late   in   the   war,   someone   came   up   with   the   idea   of   converting   merchant   ships   so   they   could   still   carry   cargo   but   have   a flight   deck   built   on   top.   They   converted   19   oil   tankers   and   grain   ships.   That   meant   from   then   on,   each   convoy   could   have   a merchant   ship   that   carried   three   or   four   aircraft.   We   used   to   fly   around   the   convoy.   It   was   very   successful.   It   was   just   a   pain someone didn't think of it sooner.” It   wasn't   until   18   years   ago   that   Mr   Good,   a   great-grandfather   who   has   been   married   to   his   wife,   Beryl,   for   61   years,   discovered the existence of the Fleet Air Arm Association. He   will   join   other   members   of   the   Watford   branch   at   a   service   to   celebrate   100   years   of   naval   aviation,   at   St   Paul's   Cathedral   on May 8. The group will also visit the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious at Greenwich. Mr   Good,   84,   said:   “We're   all   looking   forward   to   the   events.   It's   quite   an   achievement.   Naval   aviation   had   a   hell   of   a   job   to   get off   the   ground.   The   admirals   thought   it   was   a   folly   but   they   accepted   there   could   be   some   benefit   in   having   aircraft   which could   do   spotting   for   the   big   guns.   That   was   seen   as   their   role   in   those   days.   As   time   went   on   they   began   to   realise   just   how important it was. Now, of course, it's fair to say aircraft form the most important part of the Royal Navy.” Also read: Fred Good (Telegraphist Air Gunner, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Navy); Merchant Aircraft Carriers - MAC Ships  
Fred Good at home
Fred Good (right) with crew
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