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George Everard Gibbons

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Allegiance  United Kingdom
Years of service  1914–1919

Rank  Captain
Name  George Gibbons
Born  15 February 1896 Dudley, Worcestershire, England (1896-02-15)
Died  March 20, 1923, Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Awards  Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross
Service/branch  British Army, Royal Air Force
Unit  South Staffordshire Regiment, North Staffordshire Regiment, No. 20 Squadron RAF, No. 62 Squadron RAF

Captain George Everard Gibbons (15 February 1896 – 20 March 1923) was a British World War I flying ace credited with 18 aerial victories gained while flying a Bristol F.2 Fighter in 1918. Both of his observers, Sidney Knights and Thomas Elliott, also became aces flying with him. Gibbons' final tally consisted of three enemy aircraft destroyed by fire, five others destroyed, and ten driven down out of control.

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Military service

Gibbons enlisted in the 6th Battalion of the South Staffordshire Regiment on 2 September 1914, and was commissioned as a temporary second lieutenant on 23 February 1915. He transferred to the North Staffordshire Regiment, and was promoted to lieutenant on 12 June 1916. He joined the Royal Flying Corps on 15 November 1916 to serve as an observer in No. 20 Squadron, and after pilot training was appointed a flying officer on 6 September 1917.

In early 1918 he joined No. 62 Squadron, flying the Bristol F.2, and with observer Lt. Sidney Knights, gained his first victory on 12 March, driving down a Fokker Dr.I 'out of control' near Nauroy, and sent down another enemy aircraft on 17 March. On 21 March 1918 he was appointed a flight commander with the rank of temporary captain, and then gained "flying ace" status on 3 May by accounting for three Albatros D.V fighters north of Armentières. His sixth victory came on 22 May, and then two more on the 28th. Gibbons, flying with observer 2nd Lt. Thomas Elliott, scored five more victories in August, and four more in September over Cambrai, with two each on the 3rd and 4th of the month.

Towards the end of the war, he was posted to Home Establishment. Gibbons finally left the RAF, being transferred to the unemployed list on 15 April 1919.

He died in Stourbridge, Worcestershire, on 20 March 1923.

Honours and awards

Military Cross
Temporary Captain George Everard Gibbons, General List and R.A.F.
Distinguished Flying Cross
Lieutenant (Acting Captain) George Everard Gibbons, MC.

References

George Everard Gibbons Wikipedia


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