Bobby Gibbes

Bobby Gibbes

Rank: Wing Commander

Conflict: Middle East

Serial No: 260714

Bobby Gibbes DSO DFC and Bar was one of our most highly decorated fighter pilots of World War two. He enlisted in the RAAF in February 1940. At the end of his fighter training he was classified as above average. He was posted to 450 and then 3 Squadron RAAF in the Western Desert, where he shot down more than 12 enemy aircraft with a high number of probables and aircraft damaged. He was shot down twice himself. He commanded 3 Squadron and once in the heat of the action landed to pick up a comrade who had been shot down, losing one wheel on take-off. On another occasion he walked 50 miles back, avoiding enemy patrols, being picked up by an allied ground patrol. In July 1944 Bobby was posted back to 80 Wing in Australia where he commanded 457 Squadron flying Spitfire VIIIs. Bobby flew 44 operations with this squadron.