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The Airmen's Stories - Sgt. C M Gibbons


Charles Martin Gibbons was born on 28th May 1914 in West Ham, then in Essex.

He worked for ten years as a solicitors clerk. He joined the RAFVR in July 1939 as an Airman u/t Observer.

Called up in September, he went to 4 ITW Bexhill after which he was sent on No. 1 Air Observer Course at 11 Air Observer Navigation School from 20th November 1939 to 9th March 1940 as an LAC.

Gibbons went on to a B&GS to complete his training. In May 1940 he was posted to 3 GRU Coastal Command, flying in Wellingtons. He joined 236 Squadron on 19th July.

Commissioned in February 1941, he was posted in May to 2 (Coastal) OTU as an instructor. In July 1942 Gibbons went to 280 Squadron as Squadron Navigation Officer.

He became Station Navigation Officer at RAF Thornaby in March 1944 and two months later he was posted to the Air Ministry for Air Crew Selection Board duties.

Gibbons left the RAF in 1954 as a Flight Lieutenant, retaining the rank of Squadron Leader.

He died in August 2004 and his ashes were interred in Tangmere Memorial Garden.


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