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Full Name S J Sibley of 24 Squadron?

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I am trying to find out what this chaps full name was, in the 24 Squadron History(Illingworth & Robeson)  he is listed as 2/Lt S J Sibley, I cannot find him. I have also checked Air Force lists for 1919 and 1912 without any luck.


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Samuel John Sibley    Service Record at WO339/64012   National Archives


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Some additional details concerning Sibley:  Samuel John Sibley, born in 1897 (birth registered 4th Quarter; Christened 4 November 1897)

at Hurstpierpoint, Sussex, the son of Samuel John Sibley; joined RFC Special Reserve 4 September 1917, to be Lieut. November 1916,

to 24 Squadron 6 June 1916, to 48 Squadron 30 August 1917, to be Flight Commander & T/Captain 24 October 1917; MIA & POW

14 February 1918; repatriated 14 December 1918, at Hull.  Mentioned in Despatches 20 May 1918 (London Gazette).  Died in 1965,

at Chichester, Sussex.

Sibley's observer on 14 February 1918 was 2nd Lieut. Osbert Guy Stanhope Crawford, born on 28 October 1886, at Bombay, India, and

a resident of East Woodhay, Hampshire in 1901.  Crawford was a 2nd Lieut. in the Royal Berkshire Regiment when he was accepted by

the RFC as an observer on probation, on 6 January 1917.  He was posted to 23 Squadron on 16 February 1917, injured in an accident

on 6 March 1917, and was posted to 48 Squadron on 20 September 1917.  MIA & POW with Sibley on 14 February 1918, Crawford

was Mentioned in Despatchjes on 20 May 1918, was promoted to T/Lieut. on 1 July 1918, and was repatriated 14 December 1918, at Hull.

Living in Donnington, Berkshire before the war, Crawford died in 1957, at Romsey, Hampshire.

I hope this was of interest.



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Crawford provided a fairly detailed account of the events of 14/2/1918 in his autobiography "Said and Done. Autobiography of an Archaeologist" (Weidenfeld and Nicolson 1955, with later reprints by Phoenix Press). Pages 129-134 cover the background to the flight, the flight itself, their capture and beyond. Crawford never refers to Sibley by name, referring to him throughout as 'X'. After their arrival at Landshut on 24th Feb, 'X' is never mentioned again (Crawford ended up in Holzminden). Crawford deposited a typescript version of his 48 Squadron diary at the Bodleian Library in 1925, but it stops well short of February 1918 and Sibley is not mentioned. I'm currently going through what survives of Crawford's WW1 correspondence (also at the Bodleian). I can post any Sibley-related detail if anything turns up.



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