Dam Busters RAF pilot Guy Gibson autographs auctioned

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Dam Busters RAF pilot Guy Gibson autographs auctioned

16 May 2012, 09:52 GMT+01

Bidding is open at PFC Auctions for three items relating to the legendary pilot Guy Gibson (1918-1944), Wing Commander of the RAF 617 Squadron in the infamous Dam Busters raid of 1943.

Firstly, an interesting piece of history: a Royal Air Force Observer’s and Air Gunner’s Flying Log book autographed by Gibson. The book outlines the flights of 655959 Flight Sergeant Leslie Edward Tozer between 1942 and 1950. It contains two autographs of Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson from 1942-3, in his capacity as Commanding Officer of 106 Squadron.

Two further lots feature black and white photographs of Lancaster Bomber missions to Spezia during April 1943. The photographs list the names of the crew on each raid, and are both signed by Gibson and one other.

At the outbreak of the second world war, Gibson was a bomber pilot with 83 Squadron. In 1940 he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and in 1942 the Distinguished Service Order. He had completed over 170 operations by the age of 24. His squadron affectionately referred to him as ‘The Arch-Bastard’.

In 1943, Gibson was given command of the 617 Squadron in the Dam Busters raid, Operation Chastise. This mission resulted in the successful destruction of two Ruhr dams, the Mohne and Edersee, using bouncing bombs, which required flying dangerously low and at night. For the successful outcome of the raid, Gibson was awarded the Victoria Cross, but tragically died later in the war aged only 26, when his fuel tank failed and his Mosquito crashed over Holland.

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