F/O Graham Ian Gibson
Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) pilot Hudson A16-126 Missing In Action (MIA)
Graham Ian Gibson was born on January 23, 1916 in Perth, Western Australia in Australia. On January 8, 1940 enlisted in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) with service number 290657 at Pearce Airfield. By February 1942, assigned to No. 23 Squadron with the rank of Flying Officer.
On February 11, 1942 took off piloting Hudson A16-126 from 7-Mile Drome near Port Moresby as one of three Hudsons with Hudson A16-91 pilot W/Cdr John M. Lerew and Hudson A16-103 pilot S/L William A, "Pedro" Pedrina on a bombing mission against Japanese ships in Gasmata Harbor off Gasmata on New Britain.
Tony Gibson (son) adds:
"I was only six weeks old when Ian was shot down but had the knowledge that he had seen me at my birth which gives me a small amount of comfort. His younger brother was captured at Singapore and after enduring three years as a POW died at Sandakan, so it has been up to me to carry on the family name. I have four children and five grandchildren at this date so the Gibsons march on and I know that Ian would be proud of them. He also has a ninety one year old sister still alive."
Tony Gibson (son)
WW2 Nominal Roll - Graham Ian Gibson, 290657
CWGC - Graham Ian Gibson
Thanks to Tony Gibson for additional information