Bobby Gibbes commanded No. 3 Squadron RAAF during the crucial desert battles of 1942-43, including the battles of El Alamein. He is interviewed about the actions he led his fighter-bombers on as well as showing motion picture footage he recorded himself during the war.

This excellent video was created by the Australian Military Aviation History Association, a not-for-profit association which records, preserves and promotes Australian military aviation history.

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