John Newton Gibson

Corporal John Newton Gibson died on 3rd October 1942 when B-17 bomber #41-24451 crashed on Slieveanorra Mountain, Co. Antrim killing 8 of the crew members.


John Newton Gibson


Corporal John Newton Gibson (15083701) served in 401st Bomb Squadron, 91st Bomb Group (The Ragged Irregulars), 8th United States Army Air Force during the Second World War. Born on 8th June 1915 and known as Jack, he was born in Lake County, Indiana, U.S.A. His last place of residence was Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.A.

In civilian life, he graduated from both Denfield High School and Duluth Junior College in his hometown of Duluth, Minnesota, U.S.A. He completed one year at the University of Minnesota before enlisting in the Army Air Corps in December 1941.

Gibson died on 3rd October 1942 while a radio operator on B-17 #41-24451. The plane crashed in bad weather on Mount Slieveanorra, Co. Antrim en route from Gander Bay, Newfoundland to the United Kingdom killing 8 of the 10 crew and passengers. Some reports suggest the plane was bound for Prestwick, Scotland while others state the destination as R.A.F. Bassingbourn, Cambridgeshire, England.

Burial first took place on 7th October 1942 at Glenalina Extension, ES, 235 of Belfast City Cemetery. A reburial later took place at Lisnabreeny American Military Cemetery, Belfast. After the war, Gibson was repatriated to Greenwood Cemetery, Virginia, St. Louis County, Minnesota, U.S.A.

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