Biography

Birth date: 06 May 1916
Birth place: Australia: New South Wales, Young
Final rank: Wing Commander
Service number: O18235 (260714) - Second World War, 1939-1945
714 - Second World War, 1939-1945
Unit: No. 3 Squadron

Rolls and Awards

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Service Order

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Bar to Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Honours and Awards : Distinguished Flying Cross

  • Unit: No. 3 Squadron
  • Conflict: Second World War, 1939-1945

Collection Items

Art

Squadron Leader Bobby Gibbes

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...

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Film

The visit of the Commander in Chief Sir Thomas Blamey

The party arrived by aircraft, followed by the inspection of the 13th Brigade and march past. Brigadier E G H McKenzie is in command of the 23th Brigade who are from West Australia. This was followed by the Commander in Chief meeting Squadron Leader Gibbs and Group Captain Walters (Spitfire...

F01798

[No. 3 Squadron RAAF in the Western Desert 1940-1941]

Activities of the members of No. 3 Squadron RAAF in the Middle East. Features No. 3 Squadron pilots and ground crew with their P-40 Kittyhawk aircraft. Official war photographers at work. A 25 Pounder Field gun battery in action. Living conditions in the desert. Various captured and wrecked German...

F03477

RAAF in Western Desert

The activities of 3 Squadron RAAF in the Western Desert. Shows Squadron personnel messing, the evacuation of casualities by air ambulance, ground crew servicing Kittyhawk aircraft and shots from a flight in the air ambulance. 260725 F/O Wallace (Wally) Edwin Jewell returned to squadron after being...

F07002

No 3 Squadron RAAF Middle East, North Africa and Italy 1942-1945. No 38 Squadron RAAF Singapore 1951. No 11 Squadron, Malaya 1957.

Activities of 3 Squadron RAAF in the Western Desert, North Africa, Sicily and Italy 1942-1945. Department of Information photographers Frank Hurley and Alan Anderson? unidentified walking to photographic vehicle. 3 Squadron RAAF pilots huddle looking at a map. Amiriya, Egypt, the Commanding Officer...

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Photograph

011961

1942-01. WESTERN DESERT. FLYING OFFICER ROBERT HENRY MAXWELL (BOBBY) GIBBES LATE OF MANLY N.S.W. AND NOW FLYING WITH NO. 3 SQUADRON RAAF IN THE DESERT. (NEGATIVE BY D. PARER).

011961

011962

1942-01. WESTERN DESERT. AN UNSHAVEN FLYING OFFICER ROBERT HENRY MAXWELL (BOBBY) GIBBES, LATE OF MANLY, NSW, NOW FLYING WITH NO. 3 SQUADRON RAAF. (NEGATIVE BY DAMIEN PARER)

011962

021795

Fighter pilots of 3 Squadron, RAAF, stand by to receive final instructions before taking off on an operation flight. Filled water bottles and revolvers are part of their equipment. Identified are: (far left is) 260714 Flying Officer (FO) Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes; (sixth from the left)...

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022953

LIBYA. 1942-01-02. FLYING OFFICER ROBERT HENRY MAXWELL (BOBBY) GIBBES OF NO. 3 SQUADRON RAAF IN THE COCKPIT WEARING HIS FLYING GEAR.

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022954

LIBYA. 1942-01-02. FLYING OFFICER ROBERT HENRY MAXWELL (BOBBY) GIBBES OF NO. 3 SQUADRON RAAF CLIMBING OUT OF THE COCKPIT.

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022955

LIBYA. 1942-01-02. FLYING OFFICER ROBERT HENRY MAXWELL (BOBBY) GIBBES OF NO. 3 SQUADRON RAAF

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042277

Amiriya, Egypt. 1942-10-28. Squadron Leader Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes DFC, Commanding Officer, No 3 Squadron, RAAF, on the right, celebrating after destroying a German Messerchmitt Bf109 fighter over Fuka which brought his Squadron's total bag of aircraft shot down to 200. He is also...

042277

MEC0456

Kairouan, Tunisia. 21 April 1943. Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Brian Eaton, Commanding Officer of 3 (Kittyhawk) Squadron RAAF (right), says good-bye to Sqn Ldr Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes (left) when the latter left the squadron during the Tunisian campaign for duty in England.

MEC0456

MEC0457

Kairouan, Tunisia. 21 April 1943. Squadron Leader (Sqn Ldr) Brian Eaton, Commanding Officer of 3 (Kittyhawk) Squadron RAAF (right), shakes hands as he says good-bye to Sqn Ldr Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes (left) when the latter left the squadron during the Tunisian campaign for duty in...

MEC0457

MED0508

Western Desert, Egypt. 19 July 1942. 'Never mind the fighters, go for the bombers'. With this order, Acting Squadron Leader Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes RAAF, and Commanding Officer of No. 3 (Kittyhawk) Squadron RAAF (centre), led his squadron to attack a superior force of German Junkers...

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MED0566

Western Desert, Egypt. c. September 1942. Mr Wendell Willkie, Franklin D. Roosevelt's personal emissary abroad (left), shaking hands with Squadron Leader Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes, the Commanding Officer of No. 3 (Kittyhawk) Squadron RAAF (right), when he meets senior officers at desert...

MED0566

NWA0707A

Darwin, NT. 1945-02-05. Portrait of newly married Wing Commander Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes DSO DFC and bar and his wife, formerly Miss Jean Ince of Toorak, Vic, who is an Australian Red Cross hospital visitor.

NWA0707A

P02541.015

A smiling Squadron Leader Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes, DSO, DFC, with his leg in plaster. On 25 May 1941, while attacking a Ju-88, his engine was set on fire, and he was forced to 'take the silk' and use his parachute to bale out of the aircraft. He broke his ankle with a heavy landing,...

P02541.015

P03372.025

Informal portrait of 260714 Flying Officer (FO) Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes, Commanding Officer of 3 Squadron RAAf, of Balgowlah, NSW, standing while eating a meal at an airfield in Libya. FO Gibbes took four days to walk back to safety after being shot down in the desert around enemy...

P03372.025

SUK10409

Gambut, Cyrenaica. c. 1942-05. Squadron Leader Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes, the Commanding Officer of No. 3 Squadron RAAF, shown on his return to the squadron base after being shot down in an aerial engagement with enemy aircraft.

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SUK10410

Squadron Leader Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes sitting beneath the board recording the squadron's score ('200 and still going strong') with pilots of his squadron during the celebration of his success in shooting down a Messerchmitt Bf109, the 200th victory for the squadron. Seated, left to...

SUK10410

SUK10411

Gambut, Cyrenaica. C. 1942-10. After destroying a Messerchmitt Bf109, his Squadron's 200th enemy aircraft, Squadron Leader Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes DFC, the Commanding Officer of No. 3 Squadron RAAF, right, celebrated the event. Here he is speaking into the microphone when he made a...

SUK10411

SUK10975

Tunisia, Africa. C. 1943-05. For two years 714 Squadron Leader Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes DSO DFC and Bar, of Sydney, NSW (right) commanded the famous No. 3 (Fighter) Squadron RAAF in the Middle East. This squadron had to its credit more aircraft destroyed than any other unit in that...

SUK10975

SUK14955

Middle East. C. 1942. Pilots and ground staff of No. 3 Squadron RAAF during an inspection by the Duke of Gloucester. The Duke is shaking hands with Flight Lieutenant Jock Perrin whilst the CO, Squadron Leader Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes, looks on.

SUK14955

UK0156

LONDON, ENGLAND. 1943-05-31. PORTRAIT OF 714 SQUADRON LEADER ROBERT HENRY MAXWELL (BOBBY) GIBBES DSO DFC AND BAR OF MANLY, NSW AT RAAF OVERSEAS HQ, AFTER HIS ARRIVAL IN THE UK FROM THE MIDDLE EAST WHERE FOR TWO YEARS HE COMMANDED NO. 3 FIGHTER SQUADRON RAAF.

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UK0206

LONDON, ENGLAND. 1943-06-21. PORTRAIT OF 714 SQUADRON LEADER ROBERT HENRY MAXWELL (BOBBY) GIBBES DSO DFC AND BAR, of Manly, NSW OF NO. 3 FIGHTER SQUADRON RAAF IN THE MIDDLE EAST, AT OVERSEAS HEADQUARTERS RAAF.

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UK0242

LONDON, ENGLAND. 1943-07-08. AUSTRALIAN SCULPTRESS BARBARA TRIBE, SYDNEY, NSW, AT WORK IN HER STUDIO ON A BUST OF 714 SQUADRON LEADER ROBERT HENRY MAXWELL (BOBBY) GIBBES DSO DFC AND BAR, of Manly, NSW.

UK0242

OG2366

MOROTAI, HALMAHERA ISLANDS, NETHERLANDS EAST INDIES. 1945-04-09. THE VICTORIAN MEMBERS OF THIS SPITFIRE GROUND CREW OF NO. 457 "GREY NURSE" SHARK SQUADRON RAAF TAKE A SPECIAL PRIDE IN WORKING ON THIS MACHINE BECAUSE IT IS THE ONE FLOWN BY WING COMMANDER ROBERT HENRY MAXWELL (BOBBY) GIBBES DSO DFC...

OG2366

Sound

Wing Commander Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes DSO DFC & Bar (Rtd), interviewed by Ken Llewelyn, about his service in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the Second World War

Wing Commander Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes DSO DFC & Bar (Rtd), interviewed by Ken Llewelyn, about his service in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the Second World War

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Timeline

Date of birth 1916-05-06
Other units 1940 Training at Mascot, Richmond and Point Cook.
Date and unit at enlistment (ORs) 1940-02-05 Air cadet.
Date promoted 1940-06-28 Pilot officer.
Other units 1940-09 No 23 Squadron.
Date promoted 1940-12-26 Flying officer.
Other units 1941-05-08 No 3 Squadron.
Other units 1942-02-26 Commanding Officer No 3 Squadron.
Date promoted 1942-04-01 Flight lieutenant.
Date promoted 1942-06-26 Acting squadron leader.
Other units 1943-04 RAAF Overseas Headquarters London.
Date promoted 1943-04-01 Squadron leader.
Other 1943-10 Left England.
Other units 1944-01 No 2 Operational Training Unit, Mildura.
Date promoted 1944-07-01 Wing commander.
Other units 1944-10 No 80 Wing Headquarters.
Other units 1945-07 Attached to RAAF Headquarters Melbourne.
Other 1946-01 Appointment terminated.
Other 1952-04 Appointed to active reserve.