This distinguished former CO of 3 Squadron RAAF died recently. On Sydney TV I watched a 2001 replay of a programn "Australians at War" and Bobby was interviewed. He told about shooting down a well known Italian pilot and the finding of the downed aircraft in the desert. He detached the control stick and, some years later, made contact with some of the dead pilot's fellow officers. He subsequently made a trip to Italy and presented them with the stick. While telling the story he broke down because, instead of possible hostility, he received cheers for his gesture. There was a long pause and tears before he composed himself.
There are numerous stories about Bobby's exploits and none more remarkable than the seemly impossible rescue of a fellow pilot behind enemy lines in the desert.