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Air Vice-Marshal C M Gibbs (58844)

AVM Charles Gibbs as a Group CaptainCharles Melvin                        b:   11 Jun 1921                      r:  1 Jul 1976        d:  3 Oct 2018

CB 12 Jun 1976, CBE 10 Jun 1966 (OBE 10 Jun 1961), DFC - 1943.

(RNZAF):  Plt Off: xx xxx xxxx, Fg Off:   xx xxx xxxx, 

(RAF): Flt Lt:  16 Jan 1947, Sqn Ldr:  1 Jan 1950, Wg Cdr:  1 Jul 1956, Act Gp Capt:  25 Sep 1963, Gp Capt:  1 Jan 1964, Act A/Cdre:  25 Aug 1969?, A/Cdre:  1 Jan 1970, AVM:  1 Jul 1974:

Photo: Crown Copyright

xx May 1941           U/T pilot, RNZAF

xx Nov 1941:           In transit to UK

xx xxx 1942:            Pilot, No 267 Sqn

xx xxx xxxx:             Attended Marauder Conversion Course, No ? OTU

xx Jun 1944:            Pilot, No 14 Sqn.

xx xxx 1946:            Staff, AHQ India.

xx xxx 1946:            Pilot, No 62 Sqn

xx xxx 1946:            Staff Officer, Karachi

16 Jan 1947:            Appointed to a Permanent Commission in the rank of Flight Lieutenant (retaining rank current at the time)

xx xxx 1947:             Staff, RAF Mauripur

13 Jul 1948:             PA to AOC, No 21 (Training) Group.

xx Apr 1950:           Officer Commanding, Tropical Experimental Unit.

xx Jan 1953:            Attended RAF Staff College.

xx xxx 1954:           Officer Commanding, No 118 Sqn. (Venom FB1)

xx xxx 1956:           Directing Staff, RAF Staff College.

 1 Oct 1958:            Seconded to Pakistan Air Force (to form PAF Staff College).

26 Jun 1961:            OC, Flying Wing/CFI, RAF Chivenor.

xx xxx 1963:            Attended Lightning Conversion Course, No 226 OCU

25 Sep 1963:           Officer Commanding, RAF Wattisham.

xx Jan 1967:            Attended Imperial Defence College.

xx xxx 1968:           Defence Policy Staff.

25 Aug 1969:          Director of Quartering.

13 May 1972:          Deputy Chief of Staff (Logistics and Admin)

16 Dec 1972:           AOA, HQ RAF Germany.

 8 Jun 1974:             Director-General of RAF Personal Services.

Born in New Zealand his father was American and mother a New Zealander.  He joined the RNZAF in 1941, transferring to the RAF in 1947.  From 1977 to 1986, he was a Recruiting Consultant.  Retired to New Zealand

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