James Gibbons, RNR

Born   1906
Died  Apr 1988(82)


2 Sep 1940 T/Lt.
??? T/A/Lt.Cdr.


11 Dec 1945 DSC

Warship Commands listed for James Gibbons, RNR

HMS Bootle (J 143)T/A/Lt.Cdr.Minesweeper20 Jan 1944late 1945

Career information

At the outbreak of the Second World War he was given command of the USS California, one of the ships which neutral America contributed to help the British war effort. He was responsible for getting her safely back to the UK, running the gauntlet of the U-boat blockade. Rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander, he captained the minesweeper HMS Bootle, sister ship to the HMS Whitehaven, which swept the Normandy beaches in darkness on the eve of D day. When the Allied invasion of Europe later ran into difficulties in the Low Countries, he was clearing mines in the front line channels of the Scheldt estuary.

Re-joining the Merchant Marine, Captain Gibbons eventually became Senior Captain with the Hudson Steamship Co, visiting every part of the world on the long deep sea voyages which he loved.

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