Guy Gibson Dam Busters autograph
A Guy Gibson Dam Busters autograph is a signature from the celebrated British Royal Air Force officer Guy Gibson.
Wing Commander Guy Gibson was the Commanding Officer of the of the Royal Air Force's famous 617 Squadron which took part in the ‘Dam Busters’ operation in 1943.
The raid, in which the squadron destroyed two important dams in the Ruhr region using Barnes Wallis’ ‘Bouncing Bomb’, was a morale-boosting victory for the British military. Known as ‘Operation Chastise’, the mission was immortalised by the iconic 1955 film ‘The Dam Busters’. The film was in part based on Gibson’s own book documenting his military career, ‘Enemy Coast Ahead’.
Gibson wrote the book at the age of just 25 in 1944, at which point he had completed more than 170 operations and been awarded the Victoria Cross. He died soon after the book’s completion in 1945, but his story has been retold numerous times as one of the most famous British military operations of the Second World War.
The autograph appears on a small piece of faintly ruled paper which measures 2.5” by 1”. The slip features Gibson’s signature, and appears to have been originally taken from a log book.
The autograph is sold along with a photograph, dated July 1943, which features Gibson sat alongside his Flight Commander D. J. H. 'Dave' Malty.
This highly rare historical military autograph is offered for sale by the company Paul Fraser Collectibles, specialists in investment-grade memorabilia and collectibles.
It is currently priced at £6,950.