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Guy Gibson was the first Commanding Officer of the famous 617 Squadron, which was involved in the Dambusters Raid in 1943. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, but sadly lost his life later in the war. He had completed over 170 operations by the age of 24.
As part of the RAF Museum’s collection, we look after:
- His logbook from 617 Squadron
- His Victoria Cross, DFC and DSO medals
- The original draft of his book: Enemy Coast Ahead.
You can find out more about Guy and the Dambusters raid on our online exhibition.
Guy Gibson would certainly have become a member of the RAF Museum. He spent some time living in North West London (his house in Aberdeen Place carries a blue plaque) and was keen to educate the public about the realities of life in the RAF. After the Dambusters Raid, he travelled extensively around the world, lecturing about his experiences. He wanted to make sure that the incredible missions undertaken by the RAF were not forgotten.
You can be like Gibson and support us by becoming a member today – help us tell more inspiring RAF stories.