Son of Oswald and Caroline Goldie, of Blandford. Len Goldie was born on the 30th September 1914 and lived at 6 Queens Road. Oswald had a garage business, Paine and Goldie and had been a Territorial Army soldier before WW1. He returned to the Army Service Corps as a qualified Motor Engineer in 1915. At some point he had transferred to the Labour Corps and after Home Service was sent to Salonika as a Storekeeper. He was posted to various units including 17 Squadron of the newly formed RAF in 1918. Oswald was medically discharged in February 1919.
The family’s garage business, Paine and Goldie, was at 31 West Street opposite the Crown Hotel gardens, which is now a restaurant. Len’s father died in suddenly of Meningitis in 1930 when Len was 16. He had a brother (Oswald) Harold some 6 years younger than him, who spent some years in the Army and later lived in Queens Road until his death in 1978. Unsurprisingly given the family business, Len grew up to be a Motor Engineer.
In 1939 Len was already a Sergeant Pilot in the RAFVR.
Relatively early on in the war, on the night of 30 September/1 October 1940 which was one night before a new moon, just over 100 RAF aircraft bombed targets in Germany and the Channel ports. Three of RAF Marham’s Wellingtons were tasked with bombing the marshalling yards at Ehrang. Ten more were part of a formation of Wellingtons detailed to bomb the Reichsluftfahrt Ministerium (German Air Ministry) in Berlin.
Seventeen crews, including seven from Marham, claimed to have attacked this single building in the Leipzigstrasse but just six bombs fell on the German capital and the Air Ministry was not hit.
Len was Pilot in Wellington Mk IC T2549 KO-K taking off from RAF Marham at 19:38 to bomb the railway marshalling yards at Osnabrück. Just over three hours into the mission the Wellington was probably shot down by Werner Streib of 2./NJG 1 near Bersenbrück 20 miles north of Osnabrück.
Sergeant L G Goldie, Sergeant D E Westwood, Sergeant J L R Walter: killed; Sergeant C Dowsett: missing believed killed; Sergeant R P Mogg, Pilot Officer A J J Steel: prisoners of war; shot down, baled out. (AIR 81/3569) The two Wellington crash locations possible are either near the farm of Mr Meyer zu Devern in Grohte (Post Badbergen) or at Hegewisch near Gieske, Talge, Kreis (district) Bersenbrück. Aircraft involved R3292 and T2549
After the war’s end most allied war dead were reburied in large Commonwealth War Graves Cemeteries. Len is buried in Reichswald War Cemetery near the Dutch/German border. As well as the memorial at The Blandford School, Len’s name is on the memorial at Blandford St Mary Church and on the Town Memorial at the Corn Exchange.