Flying Officer Eric Hibbins - 433 Squadron  

Flying Officer Eric Charles Hibbins - RAFVR



Flying Officer Eric Charles Hibbins was born in Riverhead, near Sevenoaks, Kent. He married Freda (Simmons) and had two daughters, Jane and Clare.

 He served as Wireless Operator/Air Gunner from January 1943 to July 1945.

After enlisting in the RAFVR, Eric joined OC Air Operation section, No 4 Radio School in December 1942 followed by “D” Flight, 24 Operational Training Unit at Honeybourne on the 23rd of May 1943, flying on Whitley’s and Ansons untilfinishing on the 27th of June 1943.

 On the 18th of July 1943 till the 29th of July 1943, he trained with his crew as a member of “C” Flight, at 1664 HCU at Croft, Yorkshire.

 On the 2nd of August 1943 till the 12th of November 1943, he served with “A” Flight of 419 Squadron at Middleton St George. He was posted to 433 Squadron as a Wireless Operator/Air Gunner on the 1st of February 1944.

 He flew for the following pilots-P/O White, F/Sgt Lossing, F/.Sgt.Reikett, F/Sgt Devine, P/O Major, F/Lt Van Slyck, Sqdn Leader McNeil, P/O Rissett, F/O Prescott, P/O Wright, F/Lt.Appleton, P/O Forbes, F/O Simspon, F/Lt Miller, F/Lt McGrath.He flew his 23rd Op. for F/O Mara (a note in Eric’s log book mentions the loss of F/O Mara and his crew during an operation to Osterfeld on February 4/5,1945).


Eric Hibbins' Logbook


 He flew eleven ops with Squadron Leader W. Pierce (DFC) and crew. On the 14th of January 1945 he took part in an op to Grevenbrotch which resulted in various awards for the Pierce crew. In his log book, Eric has written-“Grevenbrotch”-Ruhr-3 Engines, 14000 feet,”Shaky “Do”. This was his  30th op.

 On the 4th of March 1945 he served with 1666 HCU at Wombleton, taking part in several “Sightseeing” trips, the first with ground crew, over Arnheim, the Ruhr, Amsterdam, Cologne and many more until July 1945. After the war,Eric worked at the local electricity supply company in the U.K., firstly in a technical capacity and later in administration.




Photos and information  courtesy of Freda Hibbins and the Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington, Yorkshire, research by Linda Ibrom.