Flying Officer Ronald Alexander Gibbs RAFVR
was the son of Arthur and Ada Gibbs of 12 Grange Road, Clapham, London.
His mother died when he was very young and his father soon after Ronald’s
death. Ronald attended public school, leaving just before his eighteenth
birthday and after joining the RAF was to become a Sergeant by the time he was
nineteen. He was engaged to Anne, who he had met when he was 16 and romance
blossomed but they could not marry because he was in the RAF. He was also
stationed at Brize Norton, he was posted to Melbourne just before he was killed
and received a Mention in Despatches (MiD).
Gibbs, Sgt Ashton and F/O Parham were found in the wreckage of their Halifax,
three other crew members bodies were found behind a Dutch farm house. Captain
Candy, Padre of the 1st Canadian Paratroops performed the burial
Gibbs, Sergeant Ashton and F/O Parham rest in Jonkerbos War Cemetery, while
Sergeant Seabridge,Sergeant Smith and F/S Chell rest in Venray War Cemetery.
Cook survived the crash but was seriously injured and spent the rest of the war