ARTHUR JAMES GIBBS

Born: 5th September 1916, Ipswich.

Died: 30th September 1940; age: 24; aircraft lost height on take-off and crashed.

Residence: 44, Richmond Road, Ipswich.

Occupation: Shop Assistant – Tailoring & Outfitting.

 

Rank: Sergeant/Pilot; Service Number: 748374.

Regiment: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, 224 Squadron – Coastal Command Pilots.

 

Grave Reference:

24.6.

Killead (St. Catherine) Church of Ireland Churchyard,

County Antrim,

Northern Ireland.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Henry Harry & Dorothy Caroline Gibbs, of Ipswich.

 

Father: Henry Harry Gibbs, born December 1889, Fulham, London.

Mother: Dorothy Caroline Gibbs (nee Harrison), born October 1890, Ipswich.

 

ENGLAND & WALES REGISTER 1939.

Arthur was a Shop Assistant – Tailoring & Outfitting. He was living with his parents & siblings at their family home – 44, Richmond Road, Ipswich.

Henry, an Engine Fitter – Iron Foundry & Engineers. During the Second World War Henry was a Police Reserve – Ipswich Council Borough – No R14.

Dorothy, unpaid Domestic Duties.

Muriel M. Gibbs, a Maternity & Child Welfare Clerk – Local Government, born September 1918. During the Second World War Muriel was part of the Civil Defence East Suffolk County Council Control Room.

Stanley E. Gibbs, at school, born 1923, Ipswich.

Mary Irene Gibbs, at school, born June 1927.

Sheila E. Gibbs, at school, born September 1929, Ipswich.

 

30th September 1940

 

Aircraft: Lockheed Hudson Serial number: T9326; Code: QX-V; Based at Aldergrove, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. On the 30th September the aircraft took off at 04:30 hrs on an anti-submarine patrol. The aircraft had barely reached 200 ft when it rapidly lost height and crashed about 2 miles from take off. All the crew were killed.

Crew:

Kenneth Posgate; Sergeant/Pilot; age: 24; R.A.F.

Stanley Swann; Sergeant/Wireless Operator/Air Gunner; R.A.F.

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