Gobbie, Anthony Francis

    Service number:
    655545 (NCO)/127235 (Officer)
    Nationality:
    British (1801-present, Kingdom)

    Biography

    On Thursday 18 November, 1943 AVRO Lancaster JB418 DX-1 in which Flight Lieutenant Gobbie flew was shot down during a mission to Berlin. He was taken prisoner of war and was held at Stalag Luft 1 in Barth, North-Germany (PoW nr 1589). The camp was liberated by Soviet Forces on 30 April, 1945.

    Promotions:
    ? Sergeant
    5 August, 1942: Pilot Officer on Probation (emergency)
    5 February, 1943: Flying Officer on Probation (war sub)
    5 August, 1944: Flight Lieutenant (war sub)

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    Period:
    Second World War (1939-1945)
    Rank:
    Acting Flight Lieutenant
    Unit:
    No. 57 Squadron, Royal Air Force
    Awarded on:
    November 23rd, 1943
    Action:
    Citation:
    "Flight Lieutenant Gobbie has participated in very many sorties, including attacks on Berlin, Hamburg, Peenemunde and targets in the Ruhr.
    He has displayed skill, courage and determination, qualities which have earned him many successes. On two recent occasions, against Leipzig and Kassel respectively, his efforts in the face of extremely adverse weather were worthy of the highest praise."
    Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

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