Gerald Gibbs (RAF officer)

Air Marshal Sir Gerald Ernest Gibbs KBE, CIE, MC & Two Bars (3 September 1896 – 13 October 1992) was a senior commander in the Royal Air Force in the first half of the 20th century and the last RAF commander-in-chief of the Indian Air Force.

Gerald Gibbs
Born(1896-09-03)3 September 1896
South Norwood, England
Died13 October 1992(1992-10-13) (aged 96)
Kingston upon Thames, England
AllegianceUnited Kingdom
Service/branch British Army (1914–18)
 Royal Air Force (1918–54)
Years of service1914–1954
RankAir Marshal
Commands heldCommander in Chief, Indian Air Force (1951–54)
RAF Kenya (1935–36)
No. 47 Squadron (1934–35)
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the British Empire
Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire
Military Cross & Two Bars
Mentioned in Despatches (2)
Knight of the Legion of Honour (France)
Croix de guerre (France)

He was educated at Kingston Grammar School, Surrey. During World War I he scored 10 victories (all in the S.E.5 biplane), becoming a double ace.


Military offices
Preceded by
Ronald Ivelaw-Chapman
Commander in Chief, Indian Air Force
Succeeded by
Subroto Mukerjee
As Chief of the Air Staff

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