At First Sight
At Second Sight
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At First Sight
Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC. DSO. DFC.
“E” KB 267 - 19-9-44 - Master Bomber.
- Operation: Rheydt. Ruhr.
Crashed on return on Walcheren - Buried: Bergen-op- Zoom.
Apart from 627 Squadron taking up residence at Woodhall Spa, to share
the airfield with 617 Squadron (Dambusters) and to carry on the low
level visual marking originated by G/C Leonard Cheshire, VC. DSO. DFC.,
of that squadron, we also had a rather sad connection with its original
Commanding Officer, W/C Guy Gibson. VC. DSO. DFC.
Following the Dam Raids W/C Gibson was to carry out a number of
non-operational duties in an advisory capacity, but one has the
impression that he was jockeying into position to return to operational
flying. With this in view he was attached to the Master Bomber team at
No 54 Base, Coningsby.
On the night of 19th September 1944 the designated Master Bomber was
unavailable and W/C Gibson and Navigator S/L J.B.Warwick.DFC. took off
from Woodhall Spa in “E” KB267 to act as Controller for the raid on
Rheydt. Nothing appears to have been amiss during the operation over
the target, but whilst returning over Walcheren both engines of his
Mosquito Cut (according to a Dutch farmer who witnessed the incident)
and the aircraft crashed near the sea wall.
Both W/C Gibson and his Navigator are buried at Bergen-op-Zoom. The
most likely theory for the incident is that the fuel transfer cocks
were not operated in the correct sequence and the engines ran out of
fuel. It appears that W/C Gibson and his Navigator had flown Mosquitoes
on only one or two occasions prior to this incident.
At time of writing the MkTT35 Mosquito in the Cosford Aircraft Museum
is in Bomber Command grey and green livery and lettered “AZ-E” as per
the aircraft borrowed by Guy Gibson from 627 Squadron on the night of
19th September 1944.
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