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.
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.
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
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).
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
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.