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According to the London Gazette, on September 22, 1941, Gibbons’ craft had hit a mine in the English Channel, throwing him into the sea. Though carrying a head wound, he swam through burning fuel to rescue a colleague.

Gibbons was later given the Distinguished Service Cross for his role in the landing of the allied armies in north Africa.

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