Flying Officer Nowell Hibbert - 156 Squadron  
   

Flying Officer Nowell Percy Hibbert (DFC)  - RAFVR

 

 Flying Officer Nowell Hibbert was serving as Bomb Aimer on board Lancaster Mk.III PB186 coded GT-A for an operation to Stuttgart on January 28/29 1945. The aircraft departed from Upwood at 2020hrs but crashed at Vaihingen near Stuttgart killing all of the crew on board including F/O Nowell Hibbert.

The rest of the  crew consisted of:

Name

Service

Trade

Hometown

Age

F/L James Freeman

RCAF

Pilot

Fleming, Saskatchewan

26

Sgt Raymond Breaks

RAFVR

Flight Engineer

Bideford, Devon

19

F/O David Watson

RAFVR

Navigator

-

-

F/O Nowell Hibbert - DFC

RAFVR

Bomb Aimer

The Hermitage, Kenilworth

21

F/Sgt Joseph Shaw

RAFVR

W/Op/AG

Barking Essex

21

F/Sgt James Wood

RAFVR

Air Gunner

Windsor, Berks.

20

F/Sgt Joseph Frank Kaviza

RCAF

Air Gunner

Hamilton, Ontario

20

 

 Flying Officer Nowell Percy Hibbert DFC RAFVR was the son of Major John Percy Maghull Hibbert MC and Olive Helen Hibbert of The Hermitage, Kenilworth. He was born on the 25th April 1923 and having volunteered for the Air Force, read Mathematics at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, for a year, and then went to Canada for training, becoming a Pathfinder Marker.

 

Unidentified Class Photo from Canada 

His Distinguished Flying Cross was gazetted on 27th March 1945. He had completed and impressive 48 sorties prior to his death.

Nowell and Pal  

 All of the crew were originally buried in the local Friedhof, later being re-interred in Durnbach War Cemetery. Of the eight Lancasters of 156 Squadron taking part in the op to Stuttgart, theirs was the only one lost.

 

 

 
 

Photos courtesy of Tom Hibbert (brother of Nowell Hibbert), research by Linda Ibrom