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    Default F/Sgt R. Gibson, 183 Sqn, s/d, 17 Aug 1944

    Hi,

    17-Aug-1944, 183 Squadron lost four Typhoons - two pilots KIA, one PoW and one - F/Sgt R. Gibson evaded:

    „F/Sgt R. (Ron?) Gibson survived a last-second bale-out and burns to be hidden by the French and liberated one week later. „

    2nd TAF. Volume Two, Shores, C.; Thomas, C.; The Typhoon & Tempest Story, Thomas, C., Shores, C.

    Does anybody know R. Gibson’s full name and his service number?

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    Mojmir

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    Mojmir,
    Are we certain that Gibson only had one Forename, and that it began with the letter 'R'? Also, is it "probable" that it might be "Ron". or only "Possible"?
    There are quite a lot of "R Gibson" in AIR 78/61/2, but I can give it a try!
    HTH
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    Just on the off chance, had a peek at the Ops Record Book at
    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ils/r/D8391598.

    Might this help?
    The 183 Sqn Form 541 Record of Events AIR 27/1137/36 for 17 Aug 1944 records him as
    F/S R Gibson
    While also according full inits to other Flight Sgt pilots on the day. The Form 540 entry was the same.
    Probably plain R Gibson, then?

    Unfortunately F/Sgt R Gibson doesn't appear on the Evaders roll under name or 183 Sqn,
    at http://powvets.com/pow-search/escaper-evader-search/

    I'm unsure of how complete the roll is and saw no exp notes, other than that there are E and E Index pages (images of rolls in Book No order) starting at
    http://powvets.com/library/reference...gallery/page/1
    Gibson might be found there but another visual slog to find as far as I can see.
    A useful site, though a bit quirky to use.

    Hope I'm not offering advice on how to suck eggs...

    Don Clark
    www.211squadron.org
    Last edited by Don Clark; 6th February 2020 at 10:20.

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    Hello All,
    There are, in TNA AIR 78/61/2, some 142 Gibson’s whose single forename begins with the letter “R”.
    The “R Gibson” being sought was a Flt Sgt Pilot in Aug 1944.
    ⸫ all Service Numbers issued after 1 Jan 1944 can be disregarded. This reduces us to 72.
    Of these, those whose Forename is a variation of “Ron . .” (32) are below:-
    Gibson R 7849
    Gibson R 37988
    Gibson R 47058
    Gibson R 70433
    Gibson R 85822
    Gibson R 106130
    Gibson R 138838
    Gibson R 141384
    Gibson R 144902
    Gibson R 237315
    Gibson R 245624
    Gibson R 262485
    Gibson R 282788
    Gibson R 287157
    Gibson R 294865
    Gibson R 296205
    Gibson R 321329
    Gibson R 321362
    Gibson R 321508
    Gibson Ronald 633366
    Gibson Ronald 988693
    Gibson Ronald 1006646
    Gibson Ronald 1029351
    Gibson Ronald 1045933
    Gibson Ronald 1092477
    Gibson Ronald 1353679
    Gibson Ronald 1415560
    Gibson Ronald 1451049
    Gibson Ronald 1506805
    Gibson Ronald 1637575
    Gibson Ronald 1795096
    Gibson Ronald 1827822

    It was a very interesting technical exercise. If anybody wants the full “R(etc) Gibson” list then just shout. If we had more parameters for exclusion then, clearly, we could work our way down to just one guy! Bingo – got ‘im! I’m not saying this system is the answer to all these “unknowns”, but I think – in some circumstances – it might have merit. The downside of tackling these forensic problems is that it is very time-consuming, and (in the words of Samuel Pepys!) ‘very injurious to the eyes’! But, with time and effort by a number, might be capable of producing answers where other systems do not!
    Let us know if anybody isolates this Flt Sgt R Gibson!!!!
    HTH
    Peter Davies
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    We might not know - but we might know who does!

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    Thank you very much for your effort, gentlemen.

    Gibson is a rather frequent name…

    Mojmir

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