Douglas Robert Dibbins

Douglas Robert Dibbins

Male 1923 - 1944  (21 years)

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  • Name Douglas Robert Dibbins 
    Born 1923  Bristol, Bristol, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Burial 1944  Canford Cem, Bristol, Somerset, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried 1944  Bristol, Bristol, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Died 25 Apr 1944  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I9640  mytree
    Last Modified 5 Apr 2020 

    Father Robert Henri Dibbins,   b. 22 May 1895, Bristol, Bristol, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Kate Elizabeth Stannard,   b. Abt 1891,   d. Bristol, Bristol, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 5 Apr 1917 
    Family ID F3753  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1923 - Bristol, Bristol, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBurial - 1944 - Canford Cem, Bristol, Somerset, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 1944 - Bristol, Bristol, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 25 Apr 1944 - England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    Douglas Robert Dibbins [1923-1944]
    Douglas Robert Dibbins [1923-1944]
    Douglas Robert Dibbins 1944 gravestone
    Douglas Robert Dibbins 1944 gravestone

  • Notes 
    • Douglas Robert Dibbins was a pilot in the Royal Air Force. On 24th April 1944, the crew of Halifax III LK789(MP:L)of 76 squadron, took off at 2209 hours from Holme-on-Spalding Moor to attack Karlsruhe, a large industrial city in south-west Germany. They were part of operation involving 637 aircraft (369 Lancasters, 259 Halifaxes,9 Mosquitoes) of all groups except 5 Group. Later, as mainforce recrossed the English coast enemy intruders were patrolling over England. At 0420 hours, the Halifax was over Ely, Cambridgshire when attacked by a Me410 (piloted by Ltn. Wolfgang Wenning of II./KG 51). Heavily damaged, the pilot (Douglas Robert Dibbins) made an attempt to land the aircraft, but crashed near Welney, 7 miles south west of Downham Market, Norfolk. Only the rear gunner, Flight Sergeant J. Anderson escaped alive to be admitted to hospital with injuries. All those killed are buried in various UK cemeteries.

      Crew:
      Pilot Officer Douglas Robert Dibbins (pilot) (171730) (killed),
      Sergeant Gerard John Head (flight engineer) (1801075) (killed),
      Sergeant Kenneth Craven Oswald (navigator) (1493028) (killed),
      Flight Sergeant John Raymond Bathe (bomb aimer)(1395700) (killed),
      Sergeant James George Davenport (wireless operator) (1337654) (killed),
      Sergeant Norris Mervyn Harrison (mid-upper gunner) (1819564) (killed),
      Flight Sergeant J Anderson (rear- gunner)(injured).

      http://www.aircrewremembrancesociety.com/raf1944/dibbins.html
      http://www.maneaconnect.co.uk/halifax
      http://www.welney.org.uk/ww2/aircrashes/halifax/halifax-may-1944.htm

  • Sources 
    1. [S476] Find-A-Grave, Douglas Robert Dibbins 1944.


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