Personnel Index - Detail
Awarded the DFC.
Flew 9 operations with 49Sqn.
The logbook entries for his time with 49Sqn can be viewed in the Documents section.
Additional information provided by Penny Gilpin:
In May 1941 my father was posted to 61Sqn flying Hamdens and then onto Manchesters. In April 1942 he completed his first tour after which he was rested and carried out instructing on Lancasters. He took part in the 1000 bomber raid on Cologne. He was awarded DFC and in 1943 my father re-joined 61Sqn for a second tour.
In April 1943 he was posted to 49Sqn as a Flight Commander. In September 1943 my father completed his 2nd tour and was posted from 49 Squadron to HQ No 5 Group S/Leader Operations. In November 1943 he was promoted to Wing Commander Operations at 5 Group HQ and awarded a Bar to his DFC.
In July 1945 my father was posted to Down Ampney, Glos. Transport Command. W/Cdr Flying and then out to the RAF College Haifa, Palestine.
He retired in 1946 .
1944 Mentioned in Dispatches
1945 Mentioned in Dispatches
Wing Commander G.W.Gilpin DFC & bar died in May 2003 aged 85.