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Gibbs, Jack Edward

Date of birth:
November 19th, 1922 (East York/Toronto, Canada)
Date of death:
July 3rd, 1942 (Ganzediep, The Netherlands)
Buried on:
Commonwealth War Graves Vollenhove
Plot: 3. Row: 4. Grave: 631.
Service number:
R/91205
Nationality:
Canadian (1931-present, Constitutional Monarchy)

Biography

Jack was born on November 19 1922 in East York, Toronto, the son of Jack Gibbs and Gladys Matilda Gibbs nee Williams (deceased) and both British of Toronto. He was married on June 26 1942 in Bournemouth England with Ceridwen Margaret Hannah Gibbs nee Jones of Hykeham England. She remarried later as Mrs. Thompson.

He was a stock clerk and member of the Church of England. His hobby was photography and his sport was softball.

He enlisted on January 24 1941 in Toronto and he went on October 7 1941 thereafter from Canada overseas to the UK.

Jack was killed in action on Friday July 3 1942 age 19 due to a crash in the Ganzediep near Kampen before or after an attack on Bremen in Germany. The other fallen RCAF crew member was F/Sgt Charles G. Wilde age 22 who was buried then at the cemetery in Amersfoort (Oud Leusden) in grave 13-3-48 as well as the other fallen RCAF crew member Fl Sgt Thomas E. Crothers age 32 in grave 13-3-49. The other fallen RAF Volunteer Reserve crew member Sgt Alan D. Bond age 30 was also buried then at the same cemetery in grave 3-4-630.

On his headstone: TOO DEARLY LOVED EVER TO BE FORGOTTEN

He served with the 420 Sqdn Royal Canadian Air Force.

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Awarded on:
September 13th, 1941
Air Gunner Badge
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Flight Sergeant
Unit:
No. 420 (Snowy Owl) Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
Awarded on:
April 15th, 1946

Posthumously awarded
RCAF Operational Wings

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