Biography

Birth date: 26 August 1894
Birth place: Australia: Victoria, Melbourne, Prahran
Death date: 11 November 1955
Final rank: Air-Commodore
Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918
Second World War, 1939-1945
Units:
  • Royal Australian Air Force
  • NE Area HQ
  • Australian Flying Corps
  • No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps

Harry Cobby was born in Prahran, Melbourne, on 26 August 1894. At the age of 18 Cobby received a commission in the 48th Infantry (Brighton Rifles) and when the First World War began he was quick to offer himself to the AIF. However, his employer, the Commonwealth Bank, refused to release him. Cobby finally enlisted in the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) in 1916 despite a self-confessed lack of interest in flying.

In October 1916 Cobby was sent to Point Cook for flying instruction. There he became an original member of No. 4 Squadron, AFC. With no more than 30 minutes of flying instruction behind him, Cobby arrived in England with the squadron in March 1917. By December, having now learnt to fly Sopwith Camels, the squadron was in France. Although their training had ended, Cobby - who had only flown solo for 12 hours - noted the squadron was made up of novices.

In February 1918 he made the first of his 29 kills, the highest score by a member of the AFC. By May, Cobby was an experienced combat airman, having flown against enemy aircraft and participated in low-level attacks against German troops during their March offensive. The latter, which subjected an aircraft to sustained ground fire, was a particularly dangerous undertaking. On 21 May Cobby shot down the first of 13 German observation balloons; like ground strafing, this brought a pilot dangerously close to ground fire. On 25 May 1918 Cobby was promoted to captain, having by now regularly led his flight on operations.

In June 1918 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross; less than a month later he received a bar to that decoration. On 16 August he led an attack on a German airfield at Harboudin, the largest bombing raid carried out by the Allies in France to that date. He led a similar raid the next day and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. In September Cobby returned to England as an instructor; he was still trying to rejoin a combat unit when the war ended.

Cobby led the AFC fly-past over London on ANZAC Day 1919. In 1921 he became a foundation member of the newly formed RAAF, resigning in 1936 with the rank of wing commander. When the Second World War began, Cobby returned to the RAAF. He served in a number of capacities and, as an air commodore, won the George Medal in 1943 for rescuing survivors of an air crash in which he had been involved as a passenger.

In April 1945 as Air Officer Commanding, 1st Tactical Air Force on Morotai, Cobby was presented with the resignations of several high ranking personal who were annoyed at flying dangerous operations against what they considered "senseless unimportant ground targets". Known as the "Morotai Mutiny", the episode resulted in Cobby's sacking. He left the RAAF in 1946 and joined the Department of Civil Aviation, where he held senior appointments until his death on 11 November 1955.

Rolls and Awards

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 17 January 1917
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

First World War Embarkation Roll

  • Rank: 2nd Lieutenant
  • Date of embarkation: 17 January 1917
  • Place of embarkation: Melbourne

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : George Medal

  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Military Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation) : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards (Recommendation)

  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Commander of the Order of the British Empire

  • Unit: NE Area HQ
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Mention in despatches

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : 2nd Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps
  • Conflict: First World War, 1914-1918

Honours and Awards : George Medal

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : United States Medal of Freedom

  • Unit: Royal Australian Air Force
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Photograph

018041

Netherlands East Indies. 25 January 1945. Commander J. C. Morrow RAN and Air Commander A. H. Cobby on board the sloop HMAS Swan which, with other units of the Australian Navy, was used at the combined operations of the RAAF against Japanese positions in the Halmaheras.

018041

013177

1940-09-04. LEFT TO RIGHT - GROUP CAPTAIN W. GARING, D.F.C., AIR COMMODORE F.W.F. LUKIS, O.B.E., GROUP CAPTAIN A.H. COBBY, D.S.O., D.F.C. AND TWO BARS. LUKIS IS RETIRING FROM A.O.C., N.E.A., COBBY IS SUCCEEDING HIM. COBBY IS FAMOUS FOR HAVING SHOT DOWN 33 ENEMY PLANES AND 13 BALLOONS IN THE LAST...

013177

019430

Informal portrait of Air Commodore A. H. Cobby, CBE DSO DFC and two bars GM RAAF, Air Officer Commanding No. 1 Tactical Air Force.

019430

008974

1941-08-06. PRE EMBARKATION PARADE AT BRADFIELD N.S.W. GROUP CAPTAIN A. COBBY, D.S.O., D.F.C., DIRECTOR OF RECRUITING ADDRESSED THE CONTINGENT AND TOOK THE SALUTE.

008974

141042

Melbourne, Vic. 1944-04-28. Air Commodore A. H. Cobby, DSO DFC GM, leading the RAAF march through the city during the celebrations of the fourth anniversary of the Empire Air Training Scheme, watched by spectators behind the barricades.

141042

140576

POINT COOK, VIC. 1944-03-13. AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY, CBE DSO DFC GM, IN HIS LOUNGE ROOM WITH HIS PET BULLDOG.

140576

A03697

Portrait of Captain (Capt) Arthur Henry Cobby DSO DFC, of No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps. Capt Cobby was officially credited with the confirmed destruction in combat of twenty nine aircraft, the highest number of any Australian airman of the First World War and therefore Australia's...

A03697

AC0158

Captain A. H. Cobby , DSO, DFC and two Bars sitting in the cockpit of Sopwith Camel fighter aircraft. He was officially credited with the confirmed destruction in combat of twenty nine machines, the highest number of any Australian airman of the First World War and therefore Australia's leading...

AC0158

D00129

Sopwith Camel aircraft, serial no. E7267 used by Captain (Capt) A. H. Cobby DSO DFC, No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), while serving as an instructor with No. 8 (T) Squadron. White overall with black checks. Note absence of armanent. Capt Cobby was officially credited with the...

D00129

E02659

The pilot's view from a Sopwith Camel aircraft, a type of fighting scout machine much in use by the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) . Note 'A' on starboard upper wing panel. See Cobby's 'High Adventure', Kookaburra, Melbourne, for photographs showing how this image was taken.

E02659

OG1625

NOEMFOOR ISLAND, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-31. ALLIED SERVICE CHIEFS AT NATIVE CELEBRATIONS BY THE DUTCH AND JAVANESE HELD AT THE NETHERLANDS INDIES CIVIL ADMINISTRATION VILLAGE TO COMMEMORATE QUEEN WILHELMINA'S SIXTY THIRD BIRTHDAY AND THE LIBERATION OF THE ISLAND FROM JAPANESE OCCUPATION. THEY...

OG1625

OG1627

NOEMFOOR ISLAND, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-08-31. A GROUP OF DUTCH OFFICERS, SENIOR ALLIED SERVICE OFFICERS IN A SQUARE FORMED BY NATIVES AT NOEMFOOR ON THE OCCASION OF THE CELEBRATION OF QUEEN WILHELMINA'S BIRTHDAY AND THE LIBERATION OF THE ISLAND FROM THE JAPANESE. AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY IS...

OG1627

OG1705

NOEMFOOR, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-11-11. THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR VICE-MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (EXTREME LEFT), INSPECTING A BEAUFIGHTER AIRCRAFT OF NO. 30 SQUADRON RAAF. ON HIS LEFT IS AIR-COMMODORE A. H. COBBY DSO OBE DFC AND TWO BARS GM, AIR OFFICER COMMANDING THE RAAF'S MOST ADVANCED...

OG1705

OG1706

NOEMFOOR, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-11-11. A GROUND CREW ENGINEER IS EXPLAINING TO THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR VICE-MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (SECOND FROM RIGHT), THE DAMAGE CAUSED TO THE MAINPLANE OF A BEAUFIGHTER AIRCRAFT OF NO. 30 SQUADRON RAAF BY ENEMY ANTI-AIRCRAFT FIRE FROM BABO AERODROME,...

OG1706

OG1740

KAMIRI STRIP, NOEMFOOR ISLAND, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-11-11. THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (LEFT), BEING GREETED ON HIS ARRIVAL AT AN ADVANCED RAAF OPERATIONAL AREA BY THE AIR OFFICER COMMANDING THE 1ST TACTICAL AIR FORCE, AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY DSO OBE DFC AND 2...

OG1740

OG1743

KAMIRI STRIP, NOEMFOOR ISLAND, DUTCH NEW GUINEA. 1944-11-11. THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (LEFT), BEING GREETED ON HIS ARRIVAL AT AN ADVANCED RAAF OPERATIONAL AREA IN DUTCH NEW GUINEA BY THE AIR OFFICER COMMANDING THE 1ST TACTICAL AIR FORCE, AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY...

OG1743

OG2128

NEW GUINEA. C. 1945. PORTRAIT OF SERGEANT ARTHUR S. MARTIN OF COBURG, VIC, ON WHOM A RARE DISTINCTION WAS CONFERRED WHEN HE RECEIVED THE AMERICAN SOLDIER'S MEDAL FOR HIS HEROISM IN SAVING THE LIFE OF A US SERVICEMAN WHO WAS IN DIFFICULTIES IN THE SEA AT A NEW GUINEA OPERATIONAL AREA. THE DECORATION...

OG2128

P02352.002

Mt Martha, VIC. 1943. Outdoors group portrait of directing staff and students of No. 2 War Staff Course at the RAAF Staff School. Back row, left to right (standing): Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) L. W. Law; Sqn Ldr P. E. Stanton; Wing Commander (Wg Cdr) J. F. Lush; Captain H. A. J. Oostindien; Wg Cdr...

P02352.002

P03023.002

Captain Arthur Henry Cobby MC DFC and 2 Bars sitting in the cockpit of a Sopworth Camel. The chequered pattern on the fuselage, nose and wheels indicates a Wing Fighting Instructor. Captain Cobby shot down thirty eight German aircraft. Note this is a better image than that held at AC-158. (Donor E....

P03023.002

P06313.002

Group portrait of officers of No 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC). Identified in the second row are: 2nd Lieutenant (2Lt) Edward Barlow (second from left), 2Lt Henry Cobby (second from right) and Captain George Jones, commanding officer of 4 Squadron AFC (far right). Cobby was officially...

P06313.002

VIC1070

Melbourne, Vic. 1944-11-02. Air Vice Marshal A. H. Cobby CBE DSO DFC GM inspecting a flight of WAAAF Officers at their passing out parade following completion of their course at the RAAF School of Administration, Carlton.

VIC1070

VIC1071

Melbourne, Vic. 1944-11-02. Air Vice Marshal A. H. Cobby CBE DSO DFC GM inspecting a flight of RAAF Officers assembled at their passing out parade following completion of their course at the RAAF School of Administration, Carlton.

VIC1071

VIC1072

Melbourne, Vic. 1944-11-02. Air Vice Marshal A. H. Cobby CBE DSO DFC GM (left) speaking to one of the RAAF Officers on parade for a passing-out ceremony at the RAAF School of Administration, Carlton.

VIC1072

VIC1075

Melbourne, Vic. 1944-11-02. Air Vice Marshal A. H. Cobby CBE DSO DFC GM inspecting a flight of RAAF Officers assembled at their passing out parade following completion of their course at the RAAF School of Administration, Carlton.

VIC1075

000811

1940-02-20. LAVERTON - WING COMMANDER COBBY. PERSONALITIES. SERVICES.

000811

042898

MOROTAI ISLAND. AIR MARSHAL G. JONES GREETING AIR COMMODORE A.H. COBBY ON HIS ARRIVAL.

042898

OG2021

HALMAHERA SEA, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. C. 1945-01-10. COMMANDER J. C. MORROW RAN AND AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY CBE DSO DFC (2 BARS) GM, AIR OFFICER COMMANDING FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE, RAAF, WATCH THE ALL-AUSTRALIAN RAN-RAAF COMBINED OPERATION AGAINST JAPANESE-HELD BEACHES IN THE NORTHERN...

OG2021

OG2021A

HALMAHERA SEA, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. C. 1945-01-10. COMMANDER J. C. MORROW, RAN AND AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY CBE DSO DFC (2 BARS) GM, AIR OFFICER COMMANDING FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE, RAAF, WATCH THE ALL-AUSTRALIAN RAN-RAAF COMBINED OPERATION AGAINST JAPANESE-HELD BEACHES IN THE NORTHERN...

OG2021A

OG2213

MOROTAI, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-01-27. A COMMON INTEREST IN THE KEEN COMPETITION AT THE RAAF AUSTRALIA DAY SPORTS MEETING FOUND AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY CBE DSO DFC 2 BARS GM, THE AIR OFFICER COMMANDING THE 1ST TACTICAL AIR FORCE RAAF (SECOND FROM RIGHT), AND GROUP...

OG2213

OG2219

MOROTAI, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-01-27. 428107 FLYING OFFICER (FO) DAVE PATON AND 257699 FO B. P. GORDON, BOTH OF LAUNCESTON, TAS, WATCHING HALMAHERA NATIVES AT WORK. FO PATON IS THE PERSONAL PILOT OF AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY CBE DSO DFC 2 BARS GM, AIR OFFICER COMMANDING...

OG2219

OG2291

MOROTAI, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-02-19. THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (RIGHT), DISCUSSES THE PLANS FOR HIS VISIT TO THE RAAF'S MOST FORWARD OPERATIONAL AREAS WITH THE AIR OFFICER COMMANDING FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE RAAF, AIR COMMODORE A. H....

OG2291

OG2292

MOROTAI, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-02-19. THE CHIEF OF AIR STAFF, AIR VICE MARSHAL G. JONES CB CBE DFC (LEFT), DISCUSSES THE PLANS FOR HIS VISIT TO THE RAAF'S MOST FORWARD OPERATIONAL AREAS WITH THE AIR OFFICER COMMANDING FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE RAAF, AIR COMMODORE A. H....

OG2292

OG2416

MOROTAI, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. C. 1945-04-12. PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE ATTENDED BY COMMANDERS OF RAAF COMMAND, FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE, RAAF, US NAVY AND AUSTRALIAN ARMY. DETAILS OF THE AUSTRALIAN LANDING ON TARAKAN ISLAND, OFF THE NORTH-EAST COAST OF BORNEO WERE DISCUSSED....

OG2416

OG2420

MOROTAI, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. C. 1945-04-12. PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE ATTENDED BY COMMANDERS OF RAAF COMMAND, FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE (TAF), RAAF, US NAVY AND AUSTRALIAN ARMY. DETAILS OF THE AUSTRALIAN LANDING ON TARAKAN ISLAND, OFF THE NORTH-EAST COAST OF BORNEO WERE...

OG2420

OG2425

MOROTAI, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-04-11. FOR HIS GALLANTRY IN RECOVERING MINES WHICH WERE IMPEDING THE ADVANCE OF US TANKS ON THE ADMIRALTY ISLANDS IN 1944, FLIGHT LIEUTENANT (FLT LT) R. TAYLOR OF TENTERFIELD, NSW, WAS AWARDED THE SILVER STAR. THE DECORATION WAS PINNED TO...

OG2425

OG2667

MOROTAI ISLAND, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-05-08. WHILE ALLIED BOMBERS ON OPERATIONAL MISSIONS ROARED OVERHEAD, RAAF MEN ATTENDED A SPECIAL THANKSGIVING SERVICE ON VE (VICTORY IN EUROPE) DAY. ON RIGHT IS AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY WITH PADRE G. CORNISH OF PORT ELLIOT, SA...

OG2667

OG2669

MOROTAI ISLAND, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-05-08. AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY READS THE SCRIPTURE LESSON AT A RAAF THANKSGIVING SERVICE ON VE (VICTORY IN EUROPE) DAY. FROM LEFT: PADRE L. B. SMITH, MANLY, NSW; PADRE G. CORNISH, PORT ELLIOT, SA; AIR COMMODORE COBBY; 282469 FLIGHT...

OG2669

OG3306

MOROTAI ISLAND, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-03-25. THE GOVERNOR OF NSW, LORD WAKEHURST, WEARING THE UNIFORM OF AN AIR COMMODORE, BEING GREETED AT THE RAAF'S MOST FORWARD BASE BY AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY CBE DSO DFC 2 BARS GM, AIR OFFICER COMMANDING THE FIRST TACTICAL AIR...

OG3306

OG3308

MOROTAI ISLAND, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-03-25. THE GOVERNOR OF NSW, LORD WAKEHURST, CHATTING WITH THE AIR OFFICER COMMANDING THE FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE, RAAF, AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY CBE DSO DFC 2 BARS GM AND 250796 SQUADRON LEADER J. D. ENTWISTLE OF WESTBOURNE PARK,...

OG3308

OG3310

MOROTAI ISLAND, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-03-25. THE GOVERNOR OF NSW, LORD WAKEHURST (LEFT), AIR OFFICER COMMANDING THE FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE RAAF, AIR COMMODORE COBBY CBE DSO DFC 2 BARS GM (CENTRE) AND 250796 SQUADRON LEADER ENTWISTLE, THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF NO. 22...

OG3310

OG3412

MOROTAI ISLAND, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-03-31. FLIGHT LIEUTENANT ROYE RACKETT OF ADELAIDE, SA (RIGHT), PERSONAL ASSISTANT TO AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY CBE DSO DFC 2 BARS GM, AIR OFFICER COMMANDING FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE, RAAF, DISCUSSES A POINT WITH HIS CHIEF AT COMMAND...

OG3412

A04093

An unidentified Australian Flying Corps (AFC) trainee standing next to the white painted with black check pattern Sopwith Camel aircraft, Serial E7267, which was used by Captain A H Cobby DFC DSO and Bars, of No 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), while serving as an instructor with No 8...

A04093

A04095

The white painted with black check pattern Sopwith Camel aircraft, Serial E7267, which was used by Captain A H Cobby DFC DSO and Bars, of No 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), while serving as an instructor with No 8 (Training) Squadron in the snow at Leighterton aerodrome in England. Two ...

A04095

OG3380

MOROTAI ISLAND, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-01-08. TWO OF THE MOST COLOURFUL PERSONALITIES IN THE RAAF ARE NOW SERVING TOGETHER. AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY OBE DSO DFC AND 2 BARS GM OF BRIGHTON, VIC (LEFT), WHO IS NOW AIR OFFICER COMMANDING, FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE RAAF, AND...

OG3380

OG3381

MOROTAI ISLAND, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-01-08. TWO OF THE MOST COLOURFUL PERSONALITIES IN THE RAAF ARE NOW SERVING TOGETHER. AIR COMMODORE A. H. COBBY OBE DSO DFC AND 2 BARS GM OF BRIGHTON, VIC (LEFT), WHO IS NOW AIR OFFICER COMMANDING, FIRST TACTICAL AIR FORCE RAAF, AND...

OG3381

A04094

The white painted with black check pattern Sopwith Camel aircraft, Serial E7267, which was used by Captain A H Cobby DFC DSO and Bars, of No 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), while serving as an instructor with No 8 (Training) Squadron in the snow at Leighterton aerodrome in England. An...

A04094

E02661

The officers of A Flight, No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), in full flying gear in front of line up of Sopwith Camel aircraft. Note presentation Camel and aircraft "D" first in line up. Left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) J. Browne; Lt C. Burton; Lt Scobie; Lt R. Smallwood; Captain (Capt)...

E02661

E02495

Group portrait of officers of No. 4 Squadron, Australian Flying Corps (AFC), at their aerodrome. Back row, left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) C. R. Burton; Lt R. F. McRae; Lt C. S. Scobie; Lt J. S. M. Browne; Lt E. V. Culverwell; Lt G. S. Jones-Evans; Lt A. T. Heller; Lt O. B. Ramsay; Lt J. C. F....

E02495

E02494

Group portrait of a group of officers of A Flight, No. 4 Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps (AFC), at their aerodrome near Clairmarais. Back row, left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) W. A. Armstrong; Lt A. T. Heller; Lt A. H. Lockley; Lt J. S. M. Browne. Front row: Lt R. F. McRae; Lt [Elwyn] Roy...

E02494

E02543

Group portrait of the officers of No. 4 Squadron of the Australian Flying Corps, at their aerodrome. Back row, left to right: Lieutenant (Lt) C. R. Burton; Lt R. F. McRae RAF; Lt C. S. Scobie RAF; Lt J. S. M. Browne RAF; Lt E. V. Culverwell RAF; Lt G. S. Jones Evans RAF; Lt A. T. Heller; Lt O. B....

E02543

Film

1. Air League Cadets march, Melbourne 2. Hurricane Aircraft 3. RAAF boxing 4. Australia's new armoured division in the making. (Fox Movietone News Vol. 12 No. 38)

1. (39 sec) Air League Cadets march to the Shrine of Remembrance, Melbourne 2. (1 min 11 sec) Hurricane fighter aircraft in flight, and inspection by Group Captain Arthur Henry Cobby 3. (1 min 52 sec) New South Wales Premier, William John McKell and Air Commodore William Anderson watch RAAF boxing...

F00309

Wings of attack: featuring Group Captain Cobby DSO, DFC

Recruiting film for the RAAF featuring group Captain Cobby.

F01661

Sky fighters

RAAF recruiting propaganda item, featuring Group Captain A.H. Cobby as commentator. Two shots of Group Captain Cobby; the balance of visuals are of various aircraft on ground and in flight, a few shots of the bombing of London, King George VI decorating pilot, scenes of RAAF recruit training and...

F02059

Group Captain Cobby recruiting [appeal]

A recruiting film in which Group Captain Cobby appeals for young men to join the RAAF.

F02171

Australians assault Japanese in Halmeheras

Cinesound Newsreel on RAN ships and units of the 1st Tactical Air Force, RAAF in operations at Morotai in the Halmaheras. Air Commodore Cobby watches operations from ship's bridge. Features Beaufighter, Lightning and Kittyhawk aircraft. (See also F01688 for Department of Information unedited...

F00823

Galea Bay attack

On 9 January 1945 to 10 January 1945 all available aircraft from No. 78 Fighter Wing assigned to a combined naval-air (RAN-RAAF) task against the main enemy bivouac and supply area near Galea Village, North Halmahera Island. The naval vessels in the attack were the Sloop HMAS Swan and Corvettes...

F01688

Morotai

A general coverage of move from Noemfoor Island to Morotai and activities on and from Morotai. The item has been part edited with some sub-titles. Several types of aircraft shown both RAAF and USAAF (Beaufighter, Dakota, Spitfire, Catalina). Identified RAAF units are: 61 Works Wing, 452 Squadron,...

F02077

1. First Australian Howitzers tested 2. Ground speed for RAAF cyclists 3. They bring 'em round a nice hot cup o' tea. (Cinesound News No. 516)

1. (2 min 23 sec) Biggest field gun made in this country shows what it can do before army and government officials 2. (1 min 32 sec) Road cycling championship at Albert Park, Victoria, shows that the Air Force has a good turn of speed on the ground as well as in the air. Sergeant Norm Beitzel is...

F00545

1. Airmen and women march through Melbourne. 2. Australian built ship for Indian Navy. 3. Dutch delegates watch Australia takes wings. (Cinesound News No. 520)

1. (1 min 4 sec) RAAF and WAAAF march through Melbourne 2. (1 min 14 sec) Lady Gowrie christens first ship built in Australia for the Indian Navy, HMIS Punjab 3. (1 min 39 sec) Important Dutch press delegation in Australia watches the construction of aircraft at Fishermen's Bend, Vic. and are...

F00549

Morotai strip sitting

Australian airmen sitting around base. Australian and Americans and playing 'Two up' while waiting for next move. Lieutenant-General Morshead, Air Vice Marshall William Dowling Bostock, Major-General George Frederick Wooten and Air Commodore Arthur Henry Cobby shown leaving tent after conference...

F02078

Tarakan material

Tarakan material

F02100

Sound

Talk by Air Commodore Arthur Henry Cobby about his service with the Australian Flying Corps during the First World War

Air Commodore Arthur Cobby compares the equipment and methods of the Australian Flying Corps with those of current day (1953) in a brief talk recorded for the Australian War Memorial.

S00169

Art

Conference at Morotai

2nd Australian Imperial Force, United States Army Air Force; included in work are: Lieutenant General Sir Leslie Morshead, Commanding 1 Australian Corps, Major General G F Wootten, General Commanding 9th Australian Division, Air Vice Marshal W D Bostock, Air Commanding RAAF, Air Commodore A Cobby,...

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Captain Arthur Cobby

Captain (later Air Commodore) Arthur Henry Cobby, DSO, DFC and two Bars, MID (later also CBE, AFC, and GM), was one of the most daring pilots in the Australian Flying Corps during WW1, bringing down twenty-nine enemy machines. No 4 Squadron was equipped with Sopwith Camel fighters, which flew over...

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Heraldry

1939-45 Star : Air Commodore A H Cobby, RAAF

1939-45 Star. Unnamed as issued.

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British War Medal 1939-45 : Air Commodore A H Cobby, RAAF

British War Medal 1939-45. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Australia Service Medal : Air Commodore A H Cobby, RAAF

Australia Service Medal. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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George VI Coronation Medal : Wing Commander A H Cobby, RAAF

King George VI Coronation Medal. Unnamed as issued.

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Air Efficiency Award : Air Commodore A H Cobby, RAAF

Air Efficiency Award (GR VI). Engraved around edge with recipient's details.

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George Medal : Air Commodore A H Cobby, RAAF

George Medal. Engraved around edge with recipient's details

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King George V Jubilee Medal : Wing Commander A H Cobby, RAAF

King George V Jubilee Medal. Unnamed as issued.

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Pacific Star : Air Commodore A H Cobby, RAAF

Pacific Star. Unnamed as issued.

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Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal : Air Commodore A H Cobby, RAAF

Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Medal. Unnamed as issued.

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United States Medal of Freedom with Bronze Palm : Air Commodore A H Cobby, RAAF

United States Medal of Freedom. Unnamed as issued. The medal is a bronze disc with the obverse featuring the head and headdress of Freedom, (from the statue above the dome of the Capitol in Washington) with the word 'FREEDOM' below. On the reverse is the Liberty Bell, encircled by the words...

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Distinguished Service Order : Captain A H Cobby, 4 Squadron, AFC

Distinguished Service Order (GeoV). Unnamed as issued.

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Victory Medal with Mention in Despatches Oakleaf : Captain A H Cobby, 4 Squadron, AFC

Victory Medal with Mention in Despatches Oakleaf. Medal impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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British War Medal 1914-1920 : Captain A H Cobby, 4 Squadron, AFC

British War Medal 1914-1920. Impressed around edge with recipient's details.

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Distinguished Flying Cross and Two Bars : Captain A H Cobby, 4 Squadron, AFC

Distinguished Flying Cross and two bars. Inscribed on reverse with recipient's details.

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Private Record

Timeline

Date of birth 1894-08-26 Prahran, VIC.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1916 Australian Flying Corps.
Other 1916-10 Sent to Point Cook for flying instruction and to join the No 4 Squadron, AFC.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1917
Date of embarkation 1917-01-17
Other 1917-03 Arrived in England with the No 4 Sqaudron.
Other 1917-12 No 4 Squadron was posted to France.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918
Date promoted 1918-05-25 Promoted to captain.
Date of honour or award 1918-07-02 Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC).
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-07-16
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-08-20
Other 1918-09 Returned to England as an instructor.
Date of recommendation honour or award 1918-09-03
Date of honour or award 1918-09-21 Awarded 2 bars to the Dintinguished Service Cross on the same day.
Date of honour or award 1918-11-02 Distinguished Service Order (DSO).
Other 1919-04-25 Cobby led the Australian Flying Corps fly past over London on Anzac Day.
Date returned to Australia 1919-05-06
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1921-03-31 Enlisted in the RAAF.
Date of discharge 1936 Resigned from the RAAF with the Rank of Wing Commander.
Date and unit at appointment (Officers) 1939 Returned to RAAF.
Date of honour or award 1943 Recieved George Medal (GM) for rescuing the his fellow survivors of an air crash.
Date of honour or award 1944-06-16 Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE).
Date of discharge 1946-08-19 Left the RAAF.
Date of death 1955-11-11