PERSONALIA
 
Name:  Hiscox, Gaius Potter
Date of birth: Unknown
Nationality:  British
BIOGRAPHY: 
Gaius Hiscox served on HMS Ark Royal as an Air Ordnance fitter for 810 Squadron and 808 Squadron. On the 13th November 1941 she was hit by a single torpedo from U-81 just 25 miles from Gibraltar. It took several hours for the aircraft carrier to sink allowing most of the crew to escape including Hiscox who suffered burns to his hands sliding down the rope to HMS Legion.
In 1943 1830 Squadron was formed and based in USA for 6 months familiarization and training on the new F4U Corsair fighter. On completion of training the Squadron joined HMS Illustrious and headed for India and eventually the Pacific War.
Continuing to serve in the Royal Navy after the war, he was awarded the British Empire Medal on 1st January 1959.
     
MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES
Rank: Petty Officer
Awarded on: May 1st, 1945
Action: “For bravery, skill and devotion to duty whilst serving in H.M. Ships Victorious, Illustrious, Indefatigable, Indomitable and King George V in attacks on enemy oil installations at Palembang, Sumatra.”
 
     
1939-1945 STAR
 
     
ATLANTIC STAR
 
     
AFRICA STAR
 
     
BURMA STAR
Details: With "PACIFIC" clasp.
 
     
DEFENCE MEDAL 1939-1945
 
     
WAR MEDAL 1939-1945
 
 
 
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Information source(s):   - Third Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37058 published on the 27 April 1945
- Warwick & Warwick
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