William Lewis Ibbs

William Lewis Ibbs

Peckham, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England
Death 18 Jan 1942 (aged 21)
Hopkins County, Texas, USA
Burial Terrell, Kaufman County, Texas, USA
Plot Grave Reference: R.A.F. Plot. Grave 3.
Memorial ID 7866697 View Source
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Ibbs was born on January 3rd, 1921 in Peckham, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, Enland. He served as Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. His service number is 1331173. On January 18th, 1942 while on a night training solo flight above the open fields six miles south of Cumby, Texas, Ibbs was believed to have encountered engine trouble. He attempted to land blindly in the night, but without warning the ground came upon him and overwhelmed him before he had enough time to release his parachute. The impact was violent, and Ibbs died instantly. Rural residents in the houses below had reported hearing a plane flying overhead in the night and then shortly after hearing a great explosion. The wreckage spanned more than a hundred yards from impact, and Ibbs’ plane was found the next day at the end of a great skid in the dirt that ended under a small tree at the end of the field. His Texas host family shares bitter-sweet memories of Ibbs on the No. 1 British Flying Training School Museum video presented at regular tours. His picture hangs in the chapel inside of the museum along with his fellow cadets and instructors who also lost their lives during training accidents. Ibbs was 21 years old. His remains lay to rest at the Oakland Memorial Cemetery, R.A.F. Plot, Grave 3.

Casualty of WWII, William was a Leading Aircraftman in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve; Service No:1331173.He died whilst training in Texas at the Basic Flying Training School (1 BFTS)aged 21.He was the son of William L. F. and Mary A. Ibbs, of Peckham, London, England.

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1331173 R.A.F. Age 21 'A loving son, good and kind. A beautiful memory left behind.'