Harold Brandon Godwin Redux

I am still trying to find out how and why Walter Jonathan Wetton’s name appeared on the dollar bill.

Brandy Godwin

Brandy Godwin 25-9-1942

I believe the signature is W. J. Wetton and not W. H. Wetton as transcribed in the letter.
Beurling Dollar Bill info

If we have the same Walter Jonathan Wetton who was with 21 Squadron RAF, then he signed it before his death that occured on April 6th, 1940.

6th April 1940 21 Sqn Blenhiem IV L8740 YH- Take Off 0400 from Watton, while setting out on an anti submarine patrol. The aircraft crashed into trees at 0405 Close to Merton Hall.

Leading Aircraftsman 524840 John Brayfield Ball, . Watton St Marys Churchyard

Pilot Officer 40438 Ian Stapledon, age 20, Watton St Marys Churchyard

Sgt 580533 Walter Jonathan Wetton, age 20, Heckington Cemetery Lincolnshire.

I found this other source which is more complete than the last one I posted about Wing Commander Godwin.

I found it on Airforce. ca. (click here)

We can ascertain where and when H.B. Godwin was posted during WWII.

Wing Commander Godwin

Source of the picture here

GODWIN, G/C Harold Brandon (C99)

– Officer, Order of the British Empire

– Station Gander

– Award effective 14 June 1945 as per Canada Gazette of that date and AFRO 1127/45 dated 6 July 1945.

See Canadian Who’s Who, 1968.

Born in Westmount, Quebec, 24 April 1907.

Educated around Montreal, B.Sc. from McGill (Electrical Engineering) in 1928; appointed to commission 16 July 1928 and won wings 18 March 1929.

Flew at Camp Borden, Ottawa and Trenton, Signals Officer at Borden (1934-36) and later commanded Wireless School at Trenton.

In 1938 appointed Advisor (Air Signals) at RCAF Headquarters with rank of squadron leader.

To No.3 Wireless School, 23 March 1941.

Promoted Wing Commander, 1 May 1941.

To AFHQ, 14 August 1942.

Promoted Group Captain, 1 November 1943.

To Newfoundland, 4 April 1944.

To “Y” Depot, Lachine, 1 April 1945.

To United Kingdom, 4 April 1945 to command No.64 Base and subsequentl as Deputy AOC, RCAF Overseas Headquarters.

Promoted Air Commodore, 25 April 1945.

Repatriated 13 December 1946.

Promoted Air Vice-Marshal, 1 January 1952.

It’s obvious that H.B. Godwin was not in England in the early 1940s and that he probably got the short snorter from someone else who was the one who probably met Sergeant Walter Jonathan Wetton before his death on April 6, 1940.



Godwin was with AFHQ from 14 August 1942 to 4 April 1944 when he was posted to Newfoundland.

This being said, I have found something that merits your attention.

It’s about  a pilot, Horace William Westaway, who was in Newfoundland at the same time period as Wing Commander Godwin.

His name is not on the dollar bill and he is almost unknown on the Internet.

Try Googling Horace William Westaway before I tell you all about him.

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