Sunrise Program to honour Ted Sly on Saturday
In 2001 Channel 7 Journalist Monique Wright travelled to Temora Aviation Museum to meet with two WWII Spitfire pilots, Wing Commander Robert Henry Maxwell (Bobby) Gibbes, DSO, DFC and bar and Flt Lt. Edward Livingston Lyell “Ted” Sly, DFC, MID, two gentleman who quickly became known to her as Bobby and Ted.
Monique interviewed both men and produced a feature for 7’s Sunrise breakfast program and, in the process, she established friendships which lasted for the rest of their lives.
Monique attended Ted’s memorial service last Tuesday and put together a tribute which will feature during the Weekend Sunrise show this Saturday on Channel 7 between 7am and 10am.
It is currently scheduled for 7:35am but is subject to normal program timing fluctuations. Viewers are encouraged to post their comments on Sunrise’s “Soapbox” (details on Sunrise website) and Monique will ensure they are passed on to Ted’s family.
CHRISTMAS SHOPPING – SPECIAL OFFER
With Christmas fast approaching, there is still time to purchase the perfect gift from the wide range of merchandise at our online giftshop. We have something for everyone, toys, books, DVD’s, Homewares, Clothing and Caps.
The Warbirds Downunder 2013 Airshow DVD is now in stock. For all of you who pre-purchased this production – they were mailed to you today. For anyone who would still like to purchase a copy, stocks are limited so to secure your copy, order today.
Our range this Christmas includes Phil Makanna’s WWI Ghost Calendar for 2014.
We are offering a special Christmas promotion for all purchases of the WWI Ghost Calendar made between today and Christmas Day (while stocks last). If you buy the WWI Ghost Calendar, we will give you a FREE ANNUAL PASS to the Temora Aviation Museum (including Showcase Days, excluding Warbirds Downunder) valued at $50. Check out the shop now!
2014 Flying Dates
Here are the flying dates for the next six months:
Dec 21st, 2013 – No Aircraft Showcase
Jan 4th 2014 – No Aircraft Showcase
Jan 18th 2014 – No Aircraft Showcase
Feb 1st 2014 – Fighters and Attack Spitfire, Boomerang, P-40, Sabre
Feb 15th 2014 – Fighters Spitfire, Meteor, Boomerang, A-37, T-28
Mar 1st 2014 – No Aircraft Showcase Due to TAM support ADF Airshow Point Cook
Mar 15th 2014 – Spitfire and Trainers Spitfire, Ryan, Tiger Moth, Birddog
Apr 5th 2014 – WWII Pacific Theatre Sabre, Spitfire, Wirraway, Hudson
Apr 19th 2014 – No Aircraft Showcase Due to NATFLY event held at Temora
May 3rd 2014 – Trainers to Fighters Spitfire, Boomerang, Tiger Moth, Ryan
May 17th 2014 – Bomber / Attack Hudson, A37, T-28, Sabre
Jun 7th 2014 – Fighters Spitfire, Meteor, Boomerang, A37
Jun 21st 2014 – North American Aviation Spitfire, Harvard, T-28, Sabre
The Museum hasn’t moved but you will need to update your address books to our new address, 1 Tom Moon Ave Temora NSW. Our street was renamed in a ceremony last Saturday with about 250 people attending. Temora Mayor Peter Speirs gave a brief history of Menzies St and informed that it was named after the former Prime Minister of Australia Sir Robert Menzies noting that as Temora still wanted him recognised a new street in the Aerodrome subdivision will be named Menzies Place. The Mayor stated that the Moon Family’s relationship with Temora dates back to WWII when Tom’s mother Joy served on this Aerodrome at RAAF No 10 Elementary Flying Training School (EFTS) as a nurse.
Temora Aviation Museum President and Founder David Lowy AM gave a moving speech in which he remembered his friend Tom as his partner in establishing the Museum. David asked Roxarne Moon to come forward and unveil the new sign by removing a custom cover that had been created in aviation style with a “Remove Before Flight” tag. After unveiling the sign she stepped to the podium and spoke about how her husband’s connection with Temora developed. “Tom’s relationship with Temora started about 15-16 years ago when he landed here. He was looking for an airfield and a town that would welcome aerobatic pilots who wanted to practice aerobatics frequently, which of course means a lot of noise. He said he landed here, taxied up, opened the canopy and was welcomed by Graham Williams, who helped him re-fuel and gave him a sandwich – Tom was sold and from that day Temora became home to Tom and David, the New South Wales Aerobatic Club and ultimately the Temora Aviation Museum.”
Following Roxarne’s speech Peter Anderson asked everyone to remain for a special flyby which included the Museum’s Boomerang flown by Doug Hamilton, Wirraway flown by Scotty Taberner and David Salter in his Harvard. The aircraft flew in formation over the Museum from the west then one by one returned, with the Wirraway being the first machine to officially track down Tom Moon Ave.
The top ten highlights from the Flying Weekend were;
1. The Museum got a new address and is now located at 1 Tom Moon Ave, Temora.
2. Gordon Glynn traded in his trusty Birddog for an opportunity to fly the HARS Catalina Flying Boat.
3. Allan Arthur put his P-40 Kittyhawk through its paces and even joined up with the Hudson for a formation flyby.
4. The RAN Historic Flight Huey took part in a Vietnam themed display with Mick Haxell DFC at the controls.
5. Greg Matthews and his Team from the Temora Fire Brigade cooked up a feast over the weekend keeping all the Mess Hall customers well fed.
6. Warm sunny skies provided the perfect backdrop for the flying displays.
7. The Engineering Team corrected a last minute hydraulic leak ensuring that the RAAF Sabre was able to be displayed on time.
8. Al Harding’s Auster joined in with the Tiger Moth and Ryan to open the Flying Display.
9. Hearing the stories from several WWII Veterans including Wally Ives who flew Beaufighters operationally with 455 Squadron.
10. Our hardworking team of volunteers pulled out all the stops to look after our visitors.
Don’t miss our next Flying Weekend on April 10th and 11th.
VALE ‘BUD’ TINGWELL
Sadly, film and television celebrity Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell passed away on Friday morning, 15 May 2009, at the age of 86. Bud was familiar to us here at the Museum, as he played the role of narrator on our DVD, ‘Temora Aviation Museum Wardbirds’.
In an interview with the Temora Aviation Museum in 2007, Bud shared some of his wartime memories, “I had a very strange war. Really scared of course, and the German anti-aircraft fire was amazing, very accurate. I used to say we were briefed to be cowards. We used to fly just below vapour trail height so if there was a German fighter lurking around you’d be able to see him. I got chased by a Greek Spitfire squadron once, and they were talking extremely excitedly to each other. I had the IFF switched on calling my base saying tell these guys we’re friendly. And a Spitfire is very angry when you think it’s about to attack. I have a feeling they were just sending us up.”
“Often you wouldn’t know you were being shot at when it was bursting behind and below you. I remember one occasion we landed and there was a burst of 88 mm smack in the middle of one of our photographs. If it had been 50 feet higher we wouldn’t have known what hit us.”
Bud was a talented pilot, an outstanding actor, and a true Australian. Our condolences go out to his family.
Visit the photo gallery page to see two images of Bud during WWII.
HUEY & SEAHAWK AT JUNE FLYING WEEKEND
The Museum is excited to announce that two helicopters, courtesy of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) and Royal Australian Navy Historic Flight (RANHF), will be joining the Flying displays on the 6th & 7th June Flying Weekend. The UH-1 Huey helicopter and the Seahawk helicopter will both be in Temora on static display as well as flying during the day, (our ex-Navy members of staff are especially excited!)…
Although the Huey has made a visit to Temora Aviation Museum Flying Days, it will be the first time for the Seahawk to visit Temora! The role of the Seahawk is to work in conjunction with RAN ships, flying from the ship’s deck to find, localise, and attack, (where appropriate) surface or submarine targets. It boasts features such as search radar, magnetic anomaly detector, and passive and active sonobuoys to help detect adversary seacraft. The Seahawk, which is operated by 816 Squadron, will be on static display on the Saturday of the June Flying Weekend. LCDR Todd Glynn said that he and his crew are excited to have this special opportunity to bring the Seahawk to a Museum Flying Day.
The Iroquois UH-1B, or ‘Huey’ helicopter was used extensively in Vietnam during the 1960s and was assigned to the 135th Assault Helicopter Company. It is no longer in service and now has a home with the RAN’s Historic Flight at HMAS Albatross, Nowra NSW. LCDR Tom Smillie is planning to include the UH-1 in the Flying Display on both Saturday and Sunday.
RAAF SABRE UPDATE
Plenty of progress has been made with the RAAF Sabre in recent weeks. The Rolls Royce Avon engine has been installed, which was a huge milestone in the restoration process. This now means that the engineers can perform final engine test runs in preparation for returning the aircraft to flight.
RAAF Squadron Leader Paul Simmons completed his endorsement in the Museum’s Vampire last week which included several solo flights. Although an experienced RAAF F/A-18 pilot, Paul must complete a civilian CASA Low Level Aerobatic rating prior to conducting aerobatics in the civil registered Sabre. Flying the Vampire is one of the steps Paul is taking towards getting airborne in the Sabre. Both Paul and Temora Historic Flight Club’s Director of Flying Operations Darren Crabb, have been nominated by the THFC and the RAAF to fly the single seat aircraft. In preparation they will be given a comprehensive ground school training package sometime in the next few months. Stay tuned for further updates as we draw closer to the first flight of the Sabre.
Visit the Photo gallery page to see updated Sabre restoration pics!
Due to the tragic death of long-time Temora Aviation Museum Governing Committee Member Tom Moon, I have decided to cancel the 30th,31st January & 1st February Flying Weekend 2009.
I feel that it is in the best interest and safety of all our staff, volunteers and crew that this Flying Weekend be cancelled to allow us all to work through this sad time.
We are all deeply saddened by the loss of our friend Tom, and apologise to all visitors for any travel inconveniences.
Our next Flying Weekend will occur on March 7th & 8th, 2009.
Thank you for your understanding.
I am deeply shocked and saddened by the tragic accident that claimed the life of my dear friend Tom Moon.
Tom was a member of the Museum’s Governing Committee and has been integral to our development, growth and success. Tom was part of the Museum and the Museum part of him, and it will always be a better place for having had his involvement. He has been by my side since the founding of the Museum and will be forever sadly missed.
Tom was a dear friend, a wonderful person, a brilliant pilot and a great Australian.
On behalf of my wife Margo, and all of us at the Museum, our hearts go out to Tom’s wife Roxarne and our thoughts and prayers are with her and the rest of the family.
President and Founder
Col Pay was born on 26 October 1932 and from an early age he developed an interest in flying and all things mechanical. He learned to fly at Narromine in western NSW using all he could afford from his wages to satisfy the passion that continued throughout his life. After gaining his licence he flew a variety of aircraft and later became an instructor at the Narromine Aero Club. His first aircraft was a De Havilland Tiger Moth and with this he established Pays Aerial Service which later became one of the largest and most successful aerial work companies in Australia.
Col was one of Australia’s pioneers of aerial topdressing, spraying and crop dusting and helped to develop many of the techniques now common practice in the industry. From his base in Scone, NSW the business expanded to include operations outside Australia and further diversified to include aerial fire fighting and aircraft sales.
Col’s passion for aviation led him into the realm of “warbird” operations before that term had even been coined. In partnership he owned an Australian built Mustang fighter that was kept at Narromine and later reluctantly sold to buy a washing machine. Today such a thought would not be contemplated, but in the 1950s and 1960s the warbird movement did not exist and few such aircraft were permitted to fly. Col again renewed his acquaintance with the Mustang when he purchased and restored the pillar box red VH-AUB at his Scone maintenance facility. With this aircraft repainted in its former RAAF markings Col became a regular performer at air shows throughout NSW.
Col expanded his interest in warbird aircraft with the purchase of a Spitfire Mk.VIII from the estate of the late Sid Marshall. This aircraft required a complete rebuild and many overseas commentators believed that the task could not be performed in this country. The aircraft’s first flight was the crowning achievement of the warbird movement in Australia up until that date, and its operation by Col between 1985 and 2000 brought this legend to thousands of enthusiasts and veterans alike. Col maintained his association with the Spitfire following its sale to the Temora Aviation Museum and flew it at Temora whenever the opportunity arose. Other wartime fighters and trainers became part of his collection including Australia’s first airworthy P-40 Kittyhawk which again emerged from his workshops as one of the best examples of its type anywhere in the world. At the time of the P-40’s first flight, Col’s collection boasted an example of each of the most significant fighter aircraft operated by the RAAF during the Second World War. Through Col’s efforts, Scone became a Mecca for aircraft enthusiasts and this was enhanced through the bi-annual “Warbirds over Scone” air shows that brought spectators from every state and overseas.
In addition to the aerial work operations, Col’s business expanded to include the acquisition and sale of a variety of ex-military aircraft. This greatly diversified the range of types flying in Australia and saved most from potential scrapping. With others he retrieved North American T-28s from Laos, Cessna O-1 Birdogs from Thailand and Vietnam and Cessna A-37 Dragonflys from Vietnam. Other types were also obtained from as far afield as Italy. It can truly be said that the nature and range of the Australian warbird movement as we see it today is due in no small part to the efforts of Col Pay.
Col was an astute businessman, hard bargainer and was both well liked and respected throughout the Australian aviation industry. He was a highly skilled and experienced pilot in a wide variety of aircraft types from the Wright Flyer replica to jets. He was a regular performer at Temora’s flying weekends bringing his Mustang or recently restored P-40, thrilling the crowds with his professional displays.
Col is survived by his wife Dianne, son Ross and daughters Jillian and Helen.
He shall be greatly missed by everyone at Temora and across the Australian aviation industry.
George Spaulding Hale was born in Hobart, Tasmania on 30th October 1930. He grew up in the suburb of Claremont and from an early age loved everything to do with aircraft and aviation.
On 26th February 1951 he joined the Royal Australian Air Force and undertook his flight training at No.1 Flying Training School at Point Cook, Victoria, the Home of the RAAF. Here he trained on Tiger Moths and Wirraways and was highly successful being named Dux of the No.7 Post War Course.
He transferred to Williamtown RAAF base and converted to jets while assigned to No.4 Operational Training Unit (Fighter), where he flew the De Havilland Vampire Mk.30. He later noted that his conversion to jets involved no dual instruction, no mach meters and no ejection seats, something that would not be considered in today’s modern fighter training programmes.
Having accumulated a total of 288 hours flight time and with the rank of Sergeant, he was assigned to No.77 Squadron and flew from Australia to Iwakuni, Japan aboard a QANTAS Douglas DC.4 At Iwakuni he converted to the Gloster Meteor F.8 fighter in 14 days with a series of battle formation practice, live ground rocketry and straffing and mock dogfights finally completing his conversion on 12th December 1952. He flew from Iwakuni to Seoul, Korea on 13th December 1952 and joined 77 Squadron at their base at Kimpo (K.14). He described his initial impressions of Korea as being cold and bleak with inhospitable terrain.
He flew his first mission of the Korean War on 14th December 1952 on an Area Reconnaissance over the East Coast of North Korea. He later stated that on this mission they were flying close to MiG Alley and were told repeatedly to “Keep our heads up and locked”. George quickly fitted in with the other squadron pilots and undertook many armed reconnaissance, road reconnaissance and ground attack missions. He named his first assigned Meteor “Halestorm and Snow” a partial reference to his elder brother who served with the army in Korea and had flown with George in one of the squadron’s two-seat Meteor trainers.
He was assigned a new Meteor F.8, A77-851, which he named “Halestorm”. Although flying close to MiG Alley George indicated that he had not been briefed regarding potential MiG engagements and there no specific squadron orders regarding such engagements.
On 27th March 1953 at approx 1420 hrs while on armed road reconnaissance, Hale, with Sgt David Irlam saw two MiG.15 fighters which they immediately engaged but at the same time were attacked by two more MiGs. Irlam was hit and took no further part in the engagement. Hale engaged one of these MiGs scoring hits and observed the Soviet fighter roll over and dive from 4000 to 5000 feet emitting dense black smoke. Hale was attacked by two more MiGs which he also engaged then a third MiG pair attacked him from behind. Hale scored hits on the lead MiG of this third group which emitted dense white smoke or fuel vapour that almost completely obscured the aircraft. Both MiGs commenced a steep near vertical climb and Hale started to attack the lead’s wingman when his cannons stopped firing, out of ammunition. The MiGs departed and Hale turned and headed for Kimpo at low level. Hale was credited with one MiG probably destroyed and one MiG damaged. Thus ended the last air to air combat operation in which the RAAF has been engaged to this date.
Hale continued on operations with 77 Squadron in Korea until 14th June 1953 at which time he left for Australia having flown 131 combat missions including bomber escort, rocket strikes, road and rail armed reconnaissance, scrambles and combat air patrols.
Back in Australia he was transferred to 11 Squadron and converted to Neptune maritime reconnaissance aircraft operating at Pearce air base in Western Australia, attended the Australian Joint Anti-Submarine Warfare School at Nowra NSW and later qualified as a Neptune Captain. In 1954 he completed an Instructor’s Course at East Sale and again was Dux of the course later instructing on Wirraways at Point Cook where his RAAF career began. He joined the staff at the Central Flying School at East Sale and became an instructor and examiner on the Vampire trainer, Dakota, Lincoln, Wirraway, Winjeel and Neptune thereafter flying both the Mustang and single seat Vampire at the RAAF’s Air Armament School. He then was seconded to the De Havilland Company at Bankstown to check on the production of and to write the handling notes for the Vampire T.35A.
Hale left the RAAF on 21st March 1958 with the rank of Flying Officer.
He joined QANTAS and flew Dakotas, Lockheed Super Constellations, all models of the Boeing 707 and the Boeing 747 up to the 300 series. At QANTAS he was appointed Senior Check and Training Captain on both the 707 and 747 and finally retired on 28th February 1987. Despite his retirement he continued his association with QANTAS acting as a consultant for both pilot training and recruitment until 1992.
George Hale can easily be described as a “Man’s man”. His easy going nature made him an excellent instructor and his superb flying skills stood him in good stead both during his RAAF career and his subsequent professional life as an airline pilot.
He shall be remembered as the RAAF’s last air-to-air combat pilot, a consummate professional in all aspects of his flying career and a loving family man.
He is survived by his wife Helen, daughters Andrea and Jacqueline and son Robert.
George Hale became a Friend of the Temora Aviation Museum following the Museum’s acquisition of the world’s sole airworthy Meteor F.8. It was immediately decided that the most appropriate representative RAAF paint scheme for this aircraft would be that of George Hale’s “Halestorm”. Considerable effort was made to ensure that the work would accurately reflect his aircraft’s markings down to the minutest detail. The Museum was fortunate to have George visit on a number of occasions to watch his Meteor fly and to provide us with the details of his flying career.
We have prepared a special tribute page on our website to remember George Hale. You can find it in the section marked Photo Gallery.
VALE BOBBY GIBBES
Wing Commander Robert Henry Maxwell “Bobby” Gibbes DSO, DFC and Bar, OAM was born in Young on 6 May 1916. Bobby grew up on a series of family owned sheep stations before their move to Manly, a suburb of Sydney, where one of his childhood friends was Roe Cutler, later Sir Roden Cutler, VC. On leaving school, he spent time on his uncle’s property “Tremearne” and became a Jackaroo.
Bobby had flown as a passenger in a number of aircraft as a child and teenager and in his autobiography stated that prior to the flight “… was terribly nervous… but after becoming airborne my fear evaporated and I found the experience both exciting and full of interest”. This was the start of his lifelong love of flying.
With war looming in Europe Bobby started private flying lessons and after enlistment reported to No.4 Elementary Flying Training School RAAF at Mascot on 5 February 1940 as an Air Cadet. He soloed on 13 February and on completion of his Primary Training was posted to 22 Squadron at Richmond, NSW, for Intermediate Training on the Australian built CAC Wirraway. This completed and to his horror he was transferred to Point Cook, Victoria for Advanced Training on the twin engined Avro Anson. He had set his sights on fighters and flew the Ansons as such during the course. His efforts succeeded and thankfully for the RAAF he was posted to 23 Squadron at Archerfield, Queensland which was equipped with Wirraways and Hudson bombers. Here he honed his skills and was assessed as an “Above average fighter and fighter bomber pilot”.
He was posted to Williamtown, NSW to become Adjutant of the newly created 450 Squadron with the rank of Flying Officer. After an intense period establishing the units command and support structure it embarked for Egypt where it arrived in May 1941. Three days later Gibbes was posted to 3 Squadron RAAF at Lydda. 3 Squadron was being re-equipped with P-40 Tomahawks and had been highly successful in its operations against the Germans and Italians with a score of over 60 combat victories.
On 9 June 1941, with a total of 6 hours flying Tomahawks, Gibbes participated in the squadron’s opening engagement of the Syrian campaign in an attack against the Vichy French Air Force Base at Rayak. This first mission nearly ended in disaster for him but the lessons of that first combat sortie were well learned.
His first combat victory took place on 10 July 1941 when he downed a Vichy Dewotine D.502 fighter, one of five that had attacked a formation of RAF Blenheim bombers. This was the start of his long and eventful air combat career that spanned two years with 3 Squadron in the see-sawing battles for the control of the North African desert. His honest and simply written combat reports over this period are brilliantly described in his autobiography “You Live But Once”. Here the tactics, the loss of friends, the frustration and fears of his air combat operations are clearly evident. Air to air combat with Luftwaffe Ace Hans-Joachim Marseille, the “Star of Africa”, a dogfight between 3, 112 Squadrons and Messerschmitt 109s that lasted over an hour, his bail out after being shot down by a Ju88, his later landing in a single seat P-40 190 miles behind enemy lines in December 1942 to rescue a downed fellow pilot, being shot down again and walking 70 miles back through enemy lines all attest to the mettle of Bobby Gibbes.
He rose to command 3 Squadron and finished his North Africa tour with 10 1/4 aircraft destroyed in air to air combat, 5 probably destroyed, 16 damaged and 2 destroyed on the ground.
With the North African campaign over and after a short sojourn in the UK where he tried unsuccessfully to be posted to a de Havilland Mosquito squadron, he returned to Australia where he was posted to 2 Operational Training Unit in January 1944. A quick operational mission to New Britain with 77 Squadron was followed by the busy and sometimes hair-raising task of operational training on P-40s, Spitfires, Boomerangs and Wirraways.
Transferred to 80 Wing flying Spitfire VIIIs from Darwin and now a Wing Commander, his aircraft suffered an engine failure that resulted in both a crash landing in which he suffered burns and meeting his future wife Jean who tended his injuries. In early 1945 Gibbes led 79 Squadron to Morotai in the Halmahera Islands. Here 79 Squadron joined with 452 and 457 Squadrons on straffing attacks on enemy troop and transport concentrations in what had become a virtual backwater of the war. Gibbes completed 44 operational missions from Morotai.
In July 1945 he was attached to RAAF Headquarters, Melbourne and remained there until his discharge in January 1946.
Maintaining his love of aviation and following a short period as a flying Stock and Station Agent in NSW, Gibbes went to New Guinea for what would be a long and eventful business and civil aviation career in which he pioneered scheduled air transport as Gibbes Sepik Airways flying a varied fleet of civil and ex-military machines that included the single engined Norseman and ex-Luftwaffe JU.52 trimotors that he had flown from Sweden to Australia. He and Jean also ventured into the operation of a coffee plantation and built a number of hotels in a pioneering New Guinea tourism venture.
He was an accomplished sailor and after the sale of their New Guinea interests he purchased and sailed a 42 foot catamaran “Billabong” from the UK through the Mediterranean and eventually to Australia arriving in July 1979. At age 65 he commenced construction of a twin engined homebuilt aircraft, the “Cri-cri” in his home completing the task some ten years later. On 20 May 1990, at age 74, he test flew the aircraft at Narromine, NSW. He flew it for a number of years as test pilot and continued to maintain his love of aviation throughout his later years.
An Aussie “larrikin”, a great pilot, leader and teacher, he lived a life to which no Hollywood scriptwriter could do justice.
Despite this, his autobiography honestly exposes his mistakes, his fears in combat, the elation of his aerial victories, his admiration of his comrades and sadness at their untimely deaths. It also aptly expresses his distain for those giving orders who had no experience of combat.
Bobby Gibbes is survived by his wife Jean without whom he stated “..he could never have lived such a fulfilling and happy life as a civilian” and their daughters Julie and Robyn.
The Temora Aviation Museum has had a long association with Bobby and in 2001 painted its Spitfire VIII in his personal markings. As a final tribute to Bobby’s service to the RAAF, to Australia and to aviation, the Museum is undertaking a rare fly-past over his service at St Thomas’ Anglican Church at North Sydney on Tuesday 17th April at 1.30pm. This is a rare event for the Museum as its aircraft are not flown over built up areas. However, in this one-off instance the Spitfire will provide a final tribute to this great Australian who continually risked his life in the skies over North Africa and the Pacific.
For further information on Bobby Gibbes visit the Temora Aviation Museum’s Unsung Heroes database and click on ‘G’ for Gibbes.