Gibson, R C

  • Name on memorial: Gibson, R C
  • Memorial panel: Left
  • Full name: Robert Charles Gibson
  • Rank: Sergeant
  • Service details: 1601726, 405 (R.C.A.F.) Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
  • Age at death: 21
  • Date of death: 30/01/1944
  • Birth place: Banbury
  • Parents: Frederick George and Lily Marian Gibson, of Banbury
  • Mother's maiden name: Warren
  • Parents' marriage details: Honiton Jun-20
  • Wife: unknown
  • Wife's maiden name: unknown
  • Marriage details: unknown
  • Additional information:
    R C Gibson died when his Lancaster JA924 was lost during a raid on Berlin. Airborne 1714 30Jan44 from Gransden Lodge. Shortly after making an attack on the target from 20,000 feet, the Lancaster came under sustained attack from a night-fighter. A fierce blaze broke out in the port wing and the Lancaster spiralled out of control. At about 15,000 feet a violent explosion occurred, catapulting the two survivors into the air. Three are now buried in the Berlin 1939-45 War Cemetery, while the other two are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. F/L H.L.Shackleton PoW, Sgt W.R.Palmer KIA, Sgt R.C.Gibson KIA, F/O A.H.Ashford KIA, Sgt H.Williams PoW, Sgt J.H.Walker KIA, Sgt T.Newton KIA.
    F/L H.L.Shackleton survived and was interned in Camp L3, PoW No.3457. Sgt H.Williams survived and was held as a POW in Camp L7.

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