Gibb, Robert Duncan, Capt

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Last Rank
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1055-Pilot, Single-Engine Fighter
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1951-1953, Missing In Action (MIA)
Service Years
1942 - 1951
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Lansing, MI
Last Address
Taegu AB, South Korea

Casualty Date
Dec 16, 1951
Hostile, Died while Missing
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Korea, South
Korean War
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

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 Unofficial Badges 

Cold War Medal Air Ace American Fighter Aces Congressional Gold Medal

 Military Association Memberships
Korean War FallenState of Ohio Korean War Memorial
  1951, Korean War Fallen
  2016, State of Ohio Korean War Memorial [Verified]

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
348th Fighter Group342nd Fighter Squadron340th Fighter SquadronUSAAF Training Command
301st Fighter Squadron - Red Tail Angels56th Fighter Group81st Fighter WingHawaii Air National Guard
49th Fighter Group8th Fighter-Bomber SquadronUS Air Force
  1942-1943, 348th Fighter Group
  1943-1944, 348th Fighter Group
  1943-1944, 342nd Fighter Squadron
  1943-1944, 340th Fighter Squadron
  1944-1945, USAAF Training Command
  1945-1945, AAF MOS 1041, 301st Fighter Squadron - Red Tail Angels
  1947-1948, 56th Fighter Group
  1949-1949, 81st Fighter Wing
  1949-1951, Hawaii Air National Guard
  1951-1951, 49th Fighter Group
  1951-1951, 8th Fighter-Bomber Squadron
  1951-1953, Missing In Action (MIA)
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1945 World War II
  1950-1951 Korean War
 My Aircraft/Missiles
P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)  F-80/P-80 Shooting Star  F-84 Thunderjet  
  1942-1945, P-47 Thunderbolt (Jug)
  1947-1949, F-80/P-80 Shooting Star
  1950-1951, F-84 Thunderjet
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
"Captain Gibb was the pilot of a F-84E Thunderjet fighter with the 8th Fighter Bomber Squadron, 49th Fighter Bomber Group. On December 16, 1951, while on a combat mission near Chonulli, Korea, his aircraft received a direct hit by anti-aircraft fire, crashed and burst into flames. He was listed as Missing in Action and was presumed dead on December 31, 1953. His name is inscribed on the Courts of the Missing at the Honolulu Memorial"...Source: American Battle Monuments Commission, The Korean War Honor Roll,

F-84E # 51-654 Source:

"Gibb, Robert D. Category #3 (Missing 16 Dec 51)
(*) The aircraft was on an interdiction mission in the area of Yang Dok, Korea. When the flight reformed after its second run over the target, at coordinates (CI 1255), Capt Gibb did not join up. Interrogation of a captured North Korean soldier indicated that on 27 Dec 51, three American pilots were captured. This report was associated with Capt Gibb." Source: Note: No further information I've found to date indicates he was a POW and he was officially declared dead on 31 December 1953. His remains were not recovered.

"Name: Robert Duncan Gibb
Birth Date: 16 Feb 1922
Gender: Male
Home City: Lansing
Home State: Michigan
Citizen Status: US Citizen
Death Date: 31 Dec 1953 (Note: Presumed death date)
Processed Date: Nov 1976
Casualty Country: Korea
Casualty Type: Hostile-Died While Missing
Casualty Cause: Aircraft Loss/Crash Not at Sea
Casualty Air: Fixed Wing Air Casualty-Pilot
Service Branch: US Air Force
Component: Regular
Rank: Captain
Pay Grade: Captain"
Source: Korean War Casualties, 1950-1957,

Robert Duncan Gibb was born in Detroit, Michigan, the son of James A and Priscilla E Gibb. His father and mother were born in Illinois and Ohio respectively. Robert lived with his parents at Lansing, Ingham County, Michigan in 1930. He joined the Air Corps in 1942 and was commissioned 2nd Lt. and received his pilot wings in October of 1942. That same year he took his transition training with the P-47. He was an ACE pilot in World War II with five (5) kills and received the Distinquished Flying Cross with two (2) Oak Leaf Clusters. All three of these awards were for aerial actions in 1943. He returned to the U.S. by 1944 and completed instructor pilot training, training pilots at Camp Springs/Andrews Field. He left active duty with the Air Force in October of 1945 and was apparently in the Air Force Reserve from 1945 to 1947, after which he returned to active duty in 1947. Sources: 1930 U.S. Federal Census,; U.S. World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,; Military Times Hall of Honor,; Air Aces Homepage, family/ww2usa.htm; & Veterns Tributes,

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