Bruce Addison GIBBINS


GIBBINS, Bruce Addison

Service Numbers: Not yet discovered
Enlisted: Not yet discovered
Last Rank: Not yet discovered
Last Unit: Not yet discovered
Born: Norwood, South Australia, 3 March 1918
Home Town: Croydon Park, Port Adelaide Enfield, South Australia
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Not yet discovered
Died: Died at sea (Tamahoko Maru) - Prisoner of War, East China Sea, off the coast of Japan, 24 June 1944, aged 26 years
Cemetery: No known grave - "Known Unto God"
Memorials: Adelaide WW2 Wall of Remembrance, Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour, Ballarat Australian Ex-Prisoners of War Memorial, Hindmarsh Croydon WW2 Roll of Honour, Singapore Memorial Kranji War Cemetery
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World War 2 Service

Date unknown: Involvement

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Biography contributed by David Barlow

The Japanese Transport Ship Tamahoko Maru was torpedoed and sunk by a US Navy Submarine off Nagasaki en-route from Sumatra with a cargo of Prisoners of War - many of whom drowned before any possibility of rescue and these men are commemorated on the Singapore Memorial

Of the 17 RAAF Personnel known to be on board, 14 died & 3 survived the sinking and the war - Warrant Officer Barnes 405034 / Corporal Downie 34225 / Johnson 2301 (enlisted 1936, discharged 1965 #A3872) - those killed were:

GIBBINS, Bruce Addison (Corporal) 3353

McKEAN, George Norman (Corporal) 5651

JOEL, Robert Edmondson (Leading Aircraftman) 8814

PITTENDRIGH, James Leslie (Leading Aircraftman) 15398

BROWN, Ronald Edward (Leading Aircraftman) 17047

LANDSBERG, James William (Sergeant) 404759

TOOHEY, Brian Aloysius (Warrant Officer) 402758 (100SQN)

LEWIS, Harold Victor (Sergeant) 406146 (211SQN RAF)

GREEN, John Joseph (Warrant Officer) 400951 (36SQN)

POTTS, Charles Dudley (Aircraftman 1) 39872 (8SQN)

HOOPER, Dudley Reed (Warrant Officer) 404280 84SQN

BUCHHORN, Maxwell Henry (Aircraftman) 8594

STANFORD, Ernest Frederick (Leading Aircraftman) 27978

BINNIE, Neil Arlie (Leading Aircraftman) 33659