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    Default F/L and S/L Basil Francis FITZGIBBON - No.31 OTU (CVSA), No.112 Wing (AFC), Canada

    Name sometimes rendered as FITZ-GIBBON

    FITZGIBBON, F/L Basil Francis (RAF 41571) - Commended for Valuable Services in the Air - No.31 Operational Training Unit, Debert, Nova Scotia - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 16 April 1943 and AFRO 1035/43 dated 4 June 1943. Ferry Command delivery cards (held by Directorate of History as Document 84/44-3) state he was born in Leeds, Yorkshire, 9 September 1914 and that his home was there. Pilot Officer on Probation, 3 September 1939. Confirmed as Pilot Officer and promoted Flying Officer, 3 September 1930. Flight Lieutenant, 3 September 1941. Squadron Leader, date uncertain, confirmed as Squadron Leader, 4 October 1945. Relinquished commission on transfer too RCAF Reserve, 17 April 1950. Died in Montreal;, 17 October 1979. He was active in ferrying Hudsons, Dakotas and Liberators overseas between 14 April 1943 and 7 October 1944. The card includes a photograph of him. Governor General's Records (RG.7 Group 26 Volume 57, file 190-I, dossier 2) has citation. Invested with the Air Force Cross at Government House, Ottawa on 14 November 1950; photo PL-50465 shows him after investiture.

    This officer is an excellent and painstaking Flying Instructor and has shown exceptional zeal and energy in the performance of his duties. He has been instructing on Hudson conversion for the past nineteen months with great success and has set a very good example and high standard of flying to all personnel of the Unit. In a period of nineteen months this officer completed 807 hours in Hudson conversion training.

    FITZGIBBON, S/L Basil Francis (RAF 41571) - Air Force Cross - No.112 Wing (Training) - Awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 September 1944. Public Record Office Air 2/9010
    has citation drafted when he had flown 2.087 hours (188 in previous six months). No.112 Wing was located at Dorval.

    This officer has been employed as Chief Flying Instructor at 45 (AT) Group since July 1943. During this time he has organized the conversion training of pilots on varied types of aircraft with exceptional zeal and devotion to duty.

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    Default Re: F/L and S/L Basil Francis FITZGIBBON - No.31 OTU (CVSA), No.112 Wing (AFC), Canad

    Hello Hugh,

    Should the reference for the AFC award be Air2/9019? My database of gallantry award files doesn't have an Air2/9010 and an earlier post (I can't recall which!) associates The London Gazette of 1 September 1944 with Air2/9019.

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    Geoff

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    Default Re: F/L and S/L Basil Francis FITZGIBBON - No.31 OTU (CVSA), No.112 Wing (AFC), Canad

    Hugh,

    Re your post#1: Basil Francis FITZGIBBON (41571):

    Squadron Leader, date uncertain:

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/.../3395/data.pdf - Fitzgibbon's surname incorrectly recorded as, FITZ-GIBBON, service number corrupt ie, (415711), making it difficult to locate!

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 17th August 2022 at 02:37.

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    Default Re: F/L and S/L Basil Francis FITZGIBBON - No.31 OTU (CVSA), No.112 Wing (AFC), Canad

    Geoff - it will not be the first time that I made a typographical error. If God had intended us to be perfect, She would never have put erasers on pencils.

    Hugh

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    Default Re: F/L and S/L Basil Francis FITZGIBBON - No.31 OTU (CVSA), No.112 Wing (AFC), Canad

    Hello Hugh,

    No criticism intended, just hoping that it may help someone along the line! I sometimes find errors in conundrum's in Tavender's DFM book and think, 'Someone must have sorted this out and know the answer!' It's the advantage of a forum over printed material to be able to chip in with (hopefully) accurate observations.

    Geoff

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