"His record can be matched only by those airmen of high endeavour and professional calling, who have devoted their lives and skills to the benefit of the free world, despite adversity, and whose contributions have substantially benefited Canadian aviation."
Albert Earl Godfrey attended school in Vancouver, British Columbia and later joined the 6th Regiment, Duke of Connaught's Own Rifles in 1902 as a drummer and bugler. He enlisted in the 11th Canadian Mounted Rifles in 1915, transferred to the 1st Canadian Pioneer Battalion to embark for England and the next year was commissioned as a Lieutenant Observer with the Royal Flying Corps. His last operational flying assignment was to No. 44 Squadron, the Home Defence Unit of the RFC in England, in September, 1917 as a night fighter pilot where he flew a Sopwith Camel against enemy zeppelins and bombers attacking London.
In 1926, while serving with the CAF, Godfrey was assigned to accompany an American sportsman, J. Dalzell McKee, on the first flight of a seaplane across Canada. In appreciation for the services rendered to him by the RCAF, McKee presented and endowed the Trans-Canada McKee Trophy.
Born: 27 July 1890, Killarney, MB
Died: 1 Jan 1982
Awards: MC, AFC