Bryan Wilba GIDDINGS

GIDDINGS, Bryan Wilba

Service Number: 416949
Enlisted: 8 November 1941
Last Rank: Pilot Officer
Last Unit: No. 97 Squadron (RAF)
Born: Millicent, South Australia, Australia, 19 March 1915
Home Town: Millicent, Wattle Range, South Australia
Schooling: Millicent High School, Millicent, South Australia, Australia
Occupation: Master Builder and Carpenter
Died: Flying Battle, France, 10 June 1944, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Breux Communal Cemetery, France
CENOTAPH: Millicent Cemetery, Wattle Range Council, South Australia, Australia.
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, International Bomber Command Centre Memorial, Millicent War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

8 Nov 1941: Involvement Leading Aircraftman, 416949, Enlistment/Embarkation WW2
8 Nov 1941: Involvement Pilot Officer, 416949, Aircrew Training Units, Empire Air Training Scheme
8 Nov 1941: Enlisted Adelaide
8 Nov 1941: Enlisted Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, 416949
6 Jun 1944: Involvement Royal Australian Air Force, Pilot Officer, No. 97 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45
Date unknown: Involvement Pilot Officer, 416949, No. 97 Squadron (RAF), Air War NW Europe 1939-45

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

Lancaster ND764 of Number 97 Squadron RAF took off from RAF Coningsby to bomb the rail junction at Etampes, France.  The aircraft was shot down between Boissy-Sous-St Yon (Essonne) and Breux-Jouy-St-Yon, two small villages near Arpajon, France

Two crew members survived; RAAF 412476 Warrant Officer Robert Henderson Bethel (Wireless Air Gunner) became a POW & RAF Sergeant A Pritchard 2206806 (Flight Engineer) evaded capture

Pilot Officer Bryan Wilba Giddings 416949 (Pilot - Aircraft Captain) - son of William Arthur and Violet Giddings of Millicent, SA is buried at Breux Communal Cemetery, France

Warrant Officer William Bryce Webb 413052 (Navigator) - son of William Herbert and Sylvia May Webb of Auburn, NSW is buried at Boissy-Sous-St. Yon Communal Cemetery, France

Buried in a Collective Grave at Souzy-La-Briche Communal Cemetery, France are:

Flight Sergeant Charles Clement 410193 (Air Bomber) - son of William Henry and Mary Mildred Clement of Auburn, Victoria

Flying Officer John Alexander Douglas McGill 429340 (Mid Upper Gunner) - son of Alec Douglas and Eva Minnie Grace McGill of Yeronga, Queensland

Flight Sergeant William John Seale 422725 (Rear Gunner) - son of William Lovel Seale and Sybel Amy Seale of Ardlethan, NSW