Air Marshal G E Gibbs, C-in-C

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Air Marshal G E Gibbs

Air Marshal Gibbs, the third and the last British CAS of the Indian Air Force published his Autobiography, “A Survivors Story” in the 60s.

Seen here are some of the photographs from that particular book. There are three sets. One is a set of pictures from an Air force Passing out Parade, we assume it must be Jodhpur in the years 52-54.

Another interesting set of pictures relate to a DFC Investiture ceremony. Now why such a ceremony was held nearly five to eight years after the end of Second World War is a mystery for us. But still its an interesting episode worth looking into.

Lastly are the photos of the Handover to Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee. No doubt a historic event.

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Air Marshal G E Gibbs and his wife with President Shri Rajendra Prasad.

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Presenting a Trophy. The Graduation parade is of the 62 F (P) Course

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Pinning the Wings on Pilot Officer Gerry Dhar.

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The Sword of Honour to the best cadet, Pilot Officer Prince Raina of 62 F(P) Course

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Gibbs at the DFC Investiture ceremony. This was held Six years after the end of the war and is a surprise for us. The  DFC recipient in this picture is Minoo Merwan Engineer 

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Air Marshal Gibbs greets the son of a Fg Off Bollineni Ramachandra Rao, DFC at the Investiture ceremony.


Air Marshal Gibbs with DFC Awardees and the Next of Kin of a DFC Recipient. From left to right in the last row are Chatterjee, A R Pandit, Gibbs, Minoo Engineer, Shitoley,Rono Engineer. BR  Rao’s son is in the front .



Handing over charge to Mukherjee



Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee and family arrives for the taking over ceremony.



FAREWELL: Air Marshal Gibbs and family leaving India in the Dakota operated by the Pegasus squadron.

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