Hugh Constant Godefroy DSO DFC(2) MDwas a naturalized Canadian born in Java, (Indonesia) who lived there for six years before coming to Canada. He was educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto and at the University of Toronto.
On 22 June 1940, he enlisted in the RCAF in Toronto. Godefroy received air crew instruction at various training schools in Canada and on 30, January 1941, graduated as a pilot, from No. 1 Service Flying Training school at Camp Borden, Ontario.
After being posted overseas he served a short time in late 1942 and early 1943 with No. 401 Squadron RCAF at Digby in Yorkshire, which was equipped with Hurricane aircraft. On 23 January 1943 he was posted to No. 403 RCAF "Wolf" Squadron. After three months commanding a flight and having destroyed two enemy aircraft, Flight Lieutenant Godefroy was awarded his first Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).
By June 1943, when his score was five aircraft destroyed and three damaged, he was appointed Officer Commanding the squadron. At the end of July, with 200 sorties completed, he took a month’s leave and on his return to operations was given command of No. 17 RCAF Wing at Kenley, England. On July 24, 1943, Squadron Leader Godefroy scored another victory, bringing his total to seven planes destroyed and three damaged and was awarded a second DFC.
By April 5, 1944, Wing Commander Godefroy had completed many risky and danger filled missions while escorting "Flying Fortresses" and "Liberator" bombers, of the USAAF in Britain to targets in Northern France. Wing 17, under his leadership, had destroyed at least 28 enemy aircraft and damaged many others. For these reasons and in recognition of his previous achievements, Godefroy was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). In recognition of his accomplishments the government of France decorated Godefroy with the Croix de Guerre with Gold Star.
In 1945 he left the RCAF, graduated from McGill University, Montreal with a degree (MD) in medicine and moved to the USA to set up a medical practice.