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Gibbins, Dudley G

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rank: Flt lt
status: survived
airforce: RAF
born: United Kingdom

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Dudley Guy Gibbins joined the RAFVR in June 1939 as an Airman u/t Pilot and began flying at 20 E&RFTS Gravesend. Called up at the outbreak of war, Gibbins was posted to No. 1 ITW Cambridge, moved to 5 EFTS Hanworth in November, to 3 FTS South Cerney in March 1940 and then to 7 OTU Hawarden in mid-July.

After converting to Spitfires, Gibbins joined 54 Squadron at Catterick on 10th August. After destroying a Me109 on the 31st, Gibbins was himself shot down, possibly by a Hurricane. He baled out, unhurt, and landed at Tinley Lodge, Shipbourne. His Spitfire, X4054, crashed and burned out near Great Hollanden Farm, Hildenborough.

Gibbins was posted to 222 Squadron at Hornchurch on 11th September and shared in the destruction of a Me109 on 15th October.

In January 1941 he was posted to 611 Squadron at Rochford and in April went to 14 FTS Cranfield as an instructor. Commissioned in November 1941, Gibbins instructed at 19(P)AFU Dalcross in 1942/43 and from July 1943 until October 1944 he was at 7 FIS Upavon.

Gibbins went to 83 Group Support Unit at Westhampnett in November 1944. He joined 130 Squadron at Fassberg in May 1945 and was with the squadron for four months in Norway prior to his release in December 1945 as a Flight Lieutenant.

Gibbins died in 1995.

Ref
Men of The Battle of Britain: A Biographical Dictionary of The Few
Battle of Britain Monument

Squadrons:

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AirforceSqdrnDate
RAF 1 ITW Cambridge
RAF 5 EFTS Hanworth (11/39)
RAF 3 FTS South Cerney (3/40)
RAF 7 OTU Hawarden (7/40)
RAF 54 Sqaudron Catterick 1940-08-10
RAF 222 Sqaudron Hornchurch 1940-09-11
RAF 611 Sqaudron Rochford (1/41)
RAF 14 FTS Cranfield (Instructor)
RAF 19(P)AFU Dalcross (Instructor) (42/43)
RAF 7 FIS Upavon (7/43)
RAF 83 Group Support Unit Westhampnett (11/44)
RAF 130 Sqaudron Fassberg (5/45)

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X4054 1940-08-31
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