John Newton "Jack" Gibson was born on June 8, 1915 in Duluth, Minnesota. He graduated in Denfeld High School in Duluth, MN and Duluth Junior College and completed one year at the University of Minnesota before enlisting in the U.S. Army Air Corps in December, 1941.
John served in the 401st Bomber Squadron, 91st Bomber Group, Heavy, as a Corporal during World War II. He was the Radio Operator on B-17F Flying Fortress #41-24451 that crashed in Mount Slieveanorra, near Cushendall, Northern Ireland while in transit to Great Britain due to bad weather. Eight of the ten on board were killed, including CPL Gibson, while two survived.
Killed aboard were:
1st Lt. John A. McLean, Pilot
2nd Lt. Leonard L. Koebel, Bombardier
Capt. Dale L. Lasselle - Co-Pilot
Capt. George C. Wassell - passenger
Sgt. Robert J. Vaughan - Gunner
Cpl. John N. Gibson - Radio operator
Pvt. Justin C. Hamblin - Engineer
Corp. Leon Harrison - Flight Engineer
PFC Norman E. Wicks - Radio Operator
CPL Gibson is buried now in the Greenwood Cemetery, Virginia, St. Louis County, Minnesota, USA.
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