Fighter pilot who served with the Royal Australian Air Force during World War II. A brave flying ace, he won numerous military honors, including the Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar and the Distinguished Service Order.
He began his military service as a member of the Number 23 Squadron. He was later stationed in the Middle East with the Number 450 Squadron and in the Southwest Pacific with the Number 3 Squadron.
In the years following World War II, he had a successful career as a businessman, founding a hotel chain and a series of New Guinea coffee plantations.
He was born to Cora and Henry Gibbes in Young, New South Wales, Australia. His cousins Rodney and Peter Gibbes also served in the Royal Australian Air Force.
He and Scott Crossfield were fellow Allied fighter pilots during World War II.