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Guy Gibson

RAF Pilot Guy Gibson

Profession: RAF Pilot

United Kingdom

Biography: Guy Gibson was the commanding officer for the Royal Air Force's No. 617 Squadron and led Operation Chastise - the 'Dambusters' raid over the Ruhr dams in May 1943. Gibson was later awarded the Victoria Cross, becoming at the time the most highly decorated British serviceman.

Gibson continued to fly and was killed in action while on another raid over Germany, his plane crashing in the Netherlands in 1944.

Born: August 12, 1918
Birthplace: Simla, India

Generation: Greatest Generation
Chinese Zodiac: Horse
Star Sign: Leo

Died: September 19, 1944 (aged 26)
Cause of Death: Killed in action

Married Life

  • 1940-11-23 RAF pilot Guy Gibson (22) weds show dancer and actress Eve Moore in Penarth’s Anglican Church

Historical Events

  • 1943-05-16 Operation Chastise: No. 617 Squadron RAF begins the famous Dambusters Raid, bombing the Möhne and Eder dams in the Ruhr valley with bouncing bombs
  • 1943-06-22 617 Squadron (Dambusters) attends investiture at Buckingham Palace, Commanding Officer Guy Gibson awarded the Victoria Cross

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