Squadron Leader Bobby Gibbes

Accession Number ART27625
Collection type Art
Measurement Overall: 47.4 x 47.4 x 30 cm
Object type Sculpture
Physical description bronze cast by John Galizia and Sons 1968; plaster cast 1943
Maker Tribe, Barbara
John Galizia and Sons
Place made United Kingdom: England, Greater London, London
Date made 1943
Conflict Second World War, 1939-1945

Item copyright: AWM Licensed copyright


Bronze bust of Squadron Leader Bobby Gibbes. Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Air Force, No 450 Squadron (RAF), No 3 Squadron (RAAF); Squadron Leader (later Wing Commander) Robert Henry Maxwell Gibbes, DSO, DFC and Bar, 450 Squadron RAF (later Commanding Officer 3 Squadron RAAF, and Wing Commander 80 Wing), wearing flying helmet, goggles, and flying jacket. Clay modelled and then plaster cast in London, 1943, the first edition of bronzes cast was in 1943 by Galizia Founders, London. After exhibition in the Royal Academy in 1944, one was sold to Bobby Gibbes. Another cast was sold to RAF Museum, Hendon, London. The Memorial's version is a unique cast of the second edition, 1968, cast on request, by Galizia Founders, London.