The paranormal and out-of-this-world experiences of RAF Commander Victor Goddard
Those who participated in the world wars have seen and experienced things they could never have imagined. Victor Goddard, a member of the Royal Air Force who served England in both conflicts, saw more than most, and some of them couldn’t be explained by science.
Here is the account of his ghostly wartime experiences.
The youth and military career of Victor Goddard
Victor Goddard grew up the son of a wealthy doctor. He always seemed destined for a military career, attending the Royal Naval Colleges at Osborne and Dartmouth. While he first served as a midshipman in World War I, he later joined the Royal Naval Air Service. Towards the end of the conflict, Goddard carried out reconnaissance missions over the Somme.
After World War I, Goddard continued to be an early pioneer in aviation. In 1925, he served as an instructor at Jesus College, Cambridge Air Squadron, after which he commanded a bomber squadron in Iraq. In 1935 he had been appointed Deputy Director of Intelligence for the Air Ministry. He remained in this position until World War II.
While serving in the Second World War, Goddard was sent to France with the British Expeditionary Force and later played an important role in preserving RAF air assets against German attack. He held several positions throughout the conflict, including as Director of Military Cooperation for the Air Ministry and Air Commodore, Chief of Staff of the Royal New Zealand Air Force. After the war, he became the RAF’s representative in Washington, DC.
While serving in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, he fought in the Battle of Guadalcanal and Solomon Islands campaign, for which he was awarded the United States Navy Distinguished Service Medal.
Goddard’s first experience with the paranormal was during World War I.
Victor Goddard was commanding a squadron during World War I when an air mechanic named Freddy Jackson was killed at HM Naval Seaplane Training School – later known as HMS Maze. Jackson had entered a spinning propeller and died from his injuries.
On the day of Jackson’s funeral, the crew of the Maze posed for a photo. Looking at the photo, they noticed a suspicious man in the top row: Freddy Jackson. According to legend, the air mechanic hadn’t yet realized he was dead, so showing up for the photo was a formality. A source claims the site where the photo was taken was also where Jackson met his untimely death.
Victor Goddard’s next strange experience took place in 1935
In 1935, Victor Goddard was wing commander. He was sent on a mission to check out an abandoned Scottish airfield in the village of Drem. When he reached the airfield, he found that he was in a terrible state. In fact, he found “cattle grazing on the grass that had come through the cracks in the tarmac”.
Author JH Brennan writes, “Later that day, [Goddard] got into trouble while flying his biplane in the pouring rain and decided to return to Drem to get his bearings. As he approached the airfield, the torrential rain suddenly changed to bright sunshine. He also notes that, when Goddard looked down, the airfield was completely repaired and in use. In addition, the planes were painted yellow.
Four years later, at the start of the Second World War, RAF Drem was repaired and returned to service. There was also another change. While RAF aircraft were previously painted silver, in 1939 they were painted bright yellow.
Goddard had another paranormal experience later in life
Later in life, Victor Goddard was at a party held in his honor in Shanghai, China. There he heard Gerald Gladstone, captain of HMS black Princetelling the other partygoers about a dream he had recently had.
In the dream, Goddard had died in a plane crash over the Asian coast, the cause of which was atmospheric icing. The airman told Gladstone, “I’m not quite dead yet. What made you think I was? »
Ironically enough, a flight Goddard took over Asia bore many similarities to Gladstone’s dream. He was in the air with two civilians and a woman. The weather turned bad and the plane had to make a forced landing on the Japanese island of Sado. Fortunately, all passengers on board survived the accident.
Victor Goddard’s paranormal experiences had a major impact on him
Paranormal experiences have never left Victor Goddard. While he spent his later life in education, he still read and lectured on flying saucers. He also prompted Sir George Trevelyan, 4th Baronet, to establish the Wrekin Trust, a group focused on spiritual education. Goddard also wrote books on the paranormal, including those from 1975 flight to realitywhere he argued for extrasensory perception.
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The incident between Goddard and Gladstone was later written for Saturday night standard in May 1951, and was portrayed in the 1955 film, The night my number came out. A character based on Goddard was played by Michael Redgrave, whose portrayal upset the RAF veteran. According to Goddard, Redgrave’s emotional reaction to the crash was not how he actually reacted.