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    Default Beaufighter - 15-6-1942

    From unknown source:

    F/O (Pilot) Douglas C. GIBSON - RAAF 402946 - Alamein Memorial Column 264, and
    Sgt (Nav) Alfred R. SPAREY - 915316 - Alamein Memorial Column 262,
    shot down in Beaufighter X8078 of 227 Sqn by an Italian Re.2001 over the Mediterranean attacking an Italian convoy.

    Air Britain for X8078: 227 Sqn - 15-6-1942 - Shot down by Re.2001 while escorting Albacores off Malta.

    "Malta: The Spitfire Year 1942" (Shores/Cull/Malizia) page 343:
    "..... Beaufighter of 235 Sqn - X8078 crewed by Sgts C. ARMITAGE and C.W. HECTOR....."

    Sgt HECTOR is on the Malta Memorial; ARMITAGE must have been rescued or taken into captivity.

    What is correct ?

    Regards,
    Henk.

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    Henk,

    Re: Gibson/Sparey.

    Adrian Read, of the ACT, has kindly provided the following from Gibson's A705:

    Report from No.5 MREU assumes Gibson, 'Lost at Sea'.

    A402946 P/O Gibson, D.C. - Pilot - D.P. (Deceased Person/nel)
    915316 Sgt Sparey, A.R. - WO/OB - D.P.

    Crew flying Beaufighter T.4933 (of 227 Sqn.) on 15-6-42.

    Took off from LG 143 approx 07.15 hrs to act as fighter escort to convoy MW 11. Aircraft failed to return and it is presumed lost somewhere west of Crete.

    This clears up a long-standing issue.

    Thanks Adrian.

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 27th August 2009 at 13:17.

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    Thanks Col and Adrian for much appreciated info on GIBSON and SPAREY (15-6-1942).
    Regards,
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    Default Beaufighter T4933 P/O Gibson 15/6/42

    Gentlemen

    P/O D.C.Gibson was my cousin (once removed). ie my father's cousin, and I have been attempting to trace the story of his loss for some time. I have obtained his service record and file from RAAF Archives.

    There is some doubt as to where they were lost as a story emerged after the war that P/O Gibson's watch had turned up in the possession of an Arab, and was later bought by a British Officer, who lost it during a subsequent escape attempt.

    I would like to contact Adrian Read of the ACT

    If anyone wishes to pursue this further, please contact me seapartely by e-mail

    Regards

    Ian Gibson
    12 March 2011

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