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Spitfire honours WWII hero

A World War II Spitfire fighter plane will make a rare appearance over northern Sydney this afternoon.

It will pay tribute to Wing Commander Bobby Gibbes, whose funeral service is being held at 1:30pm at St Thomas' Anglican Church.

The 90-year-old died at Mona Vale Hospital after a stroke last week.

Mr Gibbes was regarded as a colourful wartime character, and was one of the most highly decorated pilots of World War II.

He was awarded the Distinguished Service Order and the Distinguished Flying Cross with bar.

The Spitfire is based at the Temora Aviation Museum in the southern NSW.

Mr Gibbes was a regular visitor there until a couple of years ago.

The manager of the museum, Kenny Love, says four F-18 Hornets from the RAAF Number 3 squadron will also take part in the fly past to honour Mr Gibbes.

"Our Spitfire's actually painted in the colours and the markings of the Spitfire that was flown by Bobby Gibbes during his operations at 457 squadron up in Morotai during World War II," he said.

"So it's a fitting tribute, it's something we really had to do, to go and give a final farewell to our dear friend Bobby."

 

Related Links Related Links

ABC site

Australian Story spoke to former Spitfire pilot in 2002.

3squadron.org.au

The Official Website for 3 Squadron Association

 



Related Links Related Links

  • ABC site
    Australian Story spoke to former Spitfire pilot in 2002.
  • 3squadron.org.au
    The Official Website for 3 Squadron Association

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