Sergeant John Gamborski, 1920-1944Home | WHPowell | Back to Program | Back to Group Photo, UBC | Back to Last Post Index | |Back to Bomber Memorial | Back to John Gamborski Last Post |
Above, John Gamborski at age 22-23 somewhere in Canada
Below: images of the funeral. All images courtesy of Tammy Gamborski, great-niece of Sergeant John.Gamborski.
While it is possible that the Honor Guard is a regular detail assigned this duty, two of the airmen bear a striking resemblance to Walter Powell, first on left behind the commanding officer and Cameron Clare Campbell, second on right. If you know any of the personnel in this photo, please contact us. Below are additional images taken in 1944-45 of the funeral site, Brookwood Military Cemetery.
He is the son of Mike and Annie Gamborski of Halfway Lake, Alberta. His Great-niece Tammy Gamborski has kindly provided these images in memory of John Gamborski. Copyright remains with the family.
On Nov. 15, 1944, two Halifaxes JP201 and LL137 from Nos 1664 (Dishforth) and 1666(Wombleton) Heavy Conversion Units collided in mid air, leaving no survivors from the Gamborski crew. All members of John Gamborski's crew are buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery. To read the details of the Last Post for Sergeant John Gamborski, please click here.
A memorial has been erected in the center of the village of Morchard Bishop, in Devon, the scene of the crash. Click here to read the report and see the crew names.
The image at left shows John Gamborski possibly at age 22 or 23 wearing his overseas insignia patch. The photograph is likely taken in Canada considering the overseas patch, as a photo in the UK would show Sergeant stripes.
John Gamborski is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery, a cemetery maintained by the Commonwealth War Grave Commission, with all his crew mates.
Rudyard Kipling, the British author and poet lost a son in World War I. He selected the phrase, "Their Name Liveth for Evermore", from Ecclesiasticus 44:14.
"Their bodies are buried in peace, but their name liveth for evermore."
Below are other photos of Sergeant John Gamborski with friends. All photos courtesy of Tammy Gamborski, Great-Niece of John Gamborski.
The image above on the far left is entitled "Big Spree" From left to right the participants are : Alex Boddy, Bill Howe, John Cowle, Tom Cholik and John Gamborski.
On the left in the photo above is Sgt John Gamborski. If you know of any of the others in this lovely photo, please contact us.