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LITTLE STAUGHTON - RAF Book of Remembrance
Vivian Hobbs 582 Squadron

World War 1 & 2 - Roll of Honour with detailed information
Compiled and copyright © 2005 Robert Hellier
copyright © 2005 Robert Hellier

HOBBS, Vivian George - Flight Sergeant 816098. Flt. Engr. 582 Sqdn., Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve. Died Saturday 23 December 1944. Age 20. Son of George William and Gwendoline Florence Hobbs, of Cyncoed, Cardiff. Buried in REICHSWALD FOREST WAR CEMETERY, Kleve, Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany. Ref. 30. E. 18.

Took off from Little Staughton at 10.29. Believed to have crashed at Opitter. Flying Officer W E Vaughan RCAF, Flight Lieutenant A R Whitaker, Warrant Officer H Fuller and Sergeant G Fallon were taken prisoner. The remainder of the crew were killed.

Quote from Robert Hellier:

"As a child growing up, my father used to go every couple of months or so to see 'Mr Hobbs'. This mysterious man, whom I never met, lived not far away from my family in Cyncoed an area that was then on the outskirts of Cardiff. He was a diabetic and may have been a widower by then too. My mother used to bake him a special fruit cake for my Dad to take with him. It was many years before I learned that the reason my Dad went to visit Mr Hobbs was because his son, Viv, was my Dads friend and had been killed in the war. My father continued to visit Mr Hobbs Snr right up until his death, I think, in the late 1970's.

When my own father passed away in February 2001 my sisters and I discovered amongst his personal effects the RAF Flight Log Book, service medals and ribbons of F/Sgt VG Hobbs. Clearly Mr Hobbs Snr had bequeathed these items to my father. My father was a quiet man and had never indicated that he had them, nor talked about his friendship with Viv Hobbs. We also found four photographs, three black & white and one in colour. One, in portrait style, we assume to be of F/Sgt Hobbs in RAF uniform and the other three are photographs of his war grave in the Reichswald Forest War Grave cemetery in Germany. In the colour photograph, which appears to be dated 1972, Mr Hobbs Snr is standing by his son’s grave.

The RAF Log Book clearly shows all of the flights made by VG Hobbs in training and later in action with 582 Squadron. The first and last pages of the book are franked in red ‘Killed on Active Service’.

The service medals and accompanying ribbons are contained in the original very small cardboard box with a condolence message from the Air Ministry. These had been sent to Mr & Mrs Hobbs at their Cardiff home. Mr Hobbs continued to live at this address, I believe, until his death."

Final Log Book entry


His medals

  1. 1939-45 Star
  2. Air Crew Europe Star with France Germany clasp
  3. War Medal 1939-45

Letter from the Air Ministry

The Under-Secretary of State for Air presents his compliments and by Command of the Air Council has the honour to transmit the enclosed Awards granted for service in the war of 1939-45.

The Council share your sorrows that


in respect of whose service these Awards are granted did not live to receive them.

25 March 2005

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