Roman Catholic Cemetery Steenbergen (NB)
Steenbergen en Kruisland Roman Catholic Cemetery
Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson
VC, DFC, DSO 1 bar (39438)
Born 12th August 1918, Simla, India
Died 19th September 1944 age 26, Steenbergen, Holland
At the tender age of three, Guy Gibson was brought back to England in 1921,
he was educated at St Georges Prep school in Folkstone and St Edwards school Oxford.
His family lived in Porthleven Cornwall. He later joined the RAF in 1936.
Following the Dams raid Gibson left the squadron he did however remain in the RAF.
After returning from a trip to America with Winston Churchill he found time to write a book entitled "Enemy coast ahead",
but this was no replacement for flying, his continual harassment of the Ministry to get back in the air eventually paid off.
On the 19th September 1944 he flew out of Woodhall Spa on a bombing mission flying a Mosquito from 627 squadron,
having completed the bombing raid Gibson went on to check anti aircraft positions, sadly the mosquito crashed,
Killing both Gibson and his navigator Squadron Leader J.B Warwick.
ED-932 "AJ-G " for George
Pilot : Wing Commander G.P Gibson, DSO, DFC --- Awarded the VICTORIA CROSS
Navigator : Pilot Officer H.T Taerum --- Awarded the DFC
Flight Engineer : Sergeant J. Pulford --- Awarded the DFM
Bomb Aimer : Pilot Officer F.M Sparfford, DFM --- Awarded the DFC
Wireless Operator : Flight Lieutenant R.G Hutchison, DFC --- Awarded Bar to DFC
Front Gunner : Flight Sergeant G.A Deering --- Awarded the DFC
Rear Gunner : Flight Lieutenant R.D Trevor-Roper,DFM --- Awarded the DFC
Aircraft departed at 21:39 (9.39pm) and returned at 04:15 (4.15am)
Time 00:28 hours, altitude 60
ft, Gibson In AJ-G arrives first at the Moehne Dam.
The bomb was dropped on target throwing up tons of water but failed to breach the wall.
He then followed AJ-P in on it's run to provide some protection from anti-aircraft guns
© 2001 The Hins