Guy Gibson (1918-1944) (PF328)
Delightful collection of rare items relating to World War II heroes
Guy Gibson (1918-1944) famously led the "Dam Busters" raid in 1943 while acting as first Wing Commander of the Royal Air Force 617 Squadron. This heroic raid, Operation Chastise, resulted in the destruction of two large dams in the Ruhr area of Germany. For his bravery and valour, Gibson was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration.
While resting from operations, Gibson travelled America on a lecture tour and wrote a book chronicling his RAF Career during World War II. Growing weary of touring, he was granted his request to return to service. Tragically, he died in 1944 when his Mosquito crashed over Holland due to a faulty fuel tank.
This superb collection of items includes a signed hardback slim folio volume, Tadoussac - Then and Now, by William Hugh Coverdale, 12" x 9". This illustrated narrative is signed Guy P Gibson on the front free endpaper, dated to 22 August 1943.
Another nine signatures are listed below and beside that of Gibson's, including many prominent World War II figures: Ernest J King (1878-1956) American Admiral; Lois Mountbatten (1900-1979) British Admiral of the Fleet; William D Leahy (1875-1959) American Admiral; and George Marshall (1880-1959) American General and Nobel Prize Winner in 1953.
Each autograph is inscribed in dark fountain pen.
Included in the lot are some interesting related ephemera: three 8" x 10" photographs and a 10.5" x 8" restricted Telephone Directory relating to Operation Quadrant; Most Secret documents relating to arrangements for office and sleeping accommodation, food, security and transport during the meeting at the Chateau Frontenac Hotel in Quebec.
The ownership signature of Marjorie Lighting, listed as a secretary in the typing pool of the British Delegation, is marked on some of the items.
Some light age and wear, altogether a delightful and rare collection.
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