Herbert Clifton Dobbs

M, #768, (1893 - 1989)
Herbert Clifton Dobbs|b. 27 Aug 1893\nd. 28 May 1989|p768.htm|Herbert Clifton Dobbs|b. 14 Jan 1867\nd. 27 Jul 1939|p613.htm|Annie Von Schele Hahr|b. 4 Mar 1870\nd. 15 Sep 1961|p766.htm|David J. Dobbs|b. 14 May 1835\nd. 18 Jul 1877|p462.htm|Martha J. Prothro|b. 2 May 1834\nd. 9 May 1928|p608.htm|Franz J. C. J. Hahr|||Alice M. Hartman|||

Relationship=1st cousin of James Monroe Dobbs Jr.
Last Edited=29 Mar 2009


Herbert Clifton Dobbs was born on August 27, 1893 in Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia. He was the son of Herbert Clifton Dobbs and Annie Von Schele Hahr. He married Johnnye Stelle Cunningham on May 18, 1928 in Miami, Florida. He died on May 28, 1989 in Coral Gables, Florida, at age 95.1

He was found on a passenger list on March 17, 1921 in Ellis Island, New York, New York. Arrived from Port au Prince, Haiti on-aboard ship Panama.2 He was found on a passenger list on December 23, 1921 in New York. Arrived from Port au Prince, Haiti on-aboard ship Colon.2 Herbert Dobbs helped begin flight operations to Latin America and the Caribbean during his 38 years as an airline executive. He attended the University of Georgia. His start in aviation came in 1917, when he left law school at Georgetown University and joined the US Army. He was sent overseas and trained as a pilot in the Italian-made Caproni night bombers, of which only two remain. (Daughter Louise was an invited guest representing him at the dedication of the Caproni exhibit at the Air Force Museum at Wright Patterson AFB.)
He was soon commissioned as a first lieutenant in the Air Force and flew day and night bombing raids over enemy lines. He was stationed in Italy under the squadron command of former New York Mayor Fiorella LaGuardia. Herbert was decorated with the Italian Croce al Merito de Guerra, as well as with the Battle of the Piave River medal. In 1924, he moved to Miami. Five years later he joined Pan American Airways as Latin America division manager. "He was sent down on a training boat to open their first airfields in Cuba, Haiti and the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico for a four-year stint in the late 1920s." He ended his 18 year career at Pan Am in 1947 to become vice president of National Airlines. In 1950, he joined Eastern Airlines as vice president in chare of flight relations and passenger handling for the Latin America division. When a plane was hijacked to Cuba, in one of the first such incidents, the airlines sent Mr. Dobbs to negotiate with the new Cuban regime for its release. He retired from Eastern in 1967, receiving a certificate of "distinguished achievement" for his 43 years in aviation.3
Descendants of John Dobbs
Descendants of John McMullan
Descendants of John Pruddo
Descendants of Thomas Hickson


  1. [S124] SSN, Social Security Death Index (Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 2004). Hereinafter cited as Social Security Death Index.
  2. [S252] Ellis Island Passenger Records, online http://www.ellisisland.org. Hereinafter cited as Ellis Island Passenger Records.
  3. [S18] Shelly Dobbs Dooley, Descendants Of Josiah Dobbs (Descendancy Report with Notes), 1999.