Guy Gibson

first CO of the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron

1918   -   1944

country of citizenship: United Kingdom, British Raj
educated at: St Edward's School
occupation: military personnel, aircraft pilot
award received: Victoria Cross, Commander of the Legion of Merit, Legionnaire of Legion of Merit

Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson, (12 August 1918 – 19 September 1944) was a distinguished bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He was the first Commanding Officer of No. 617 Squadron, which he led in the "Dam Busters" raid in 1943, resulting in the destruction of two large dams in the Ruhr area of Germany. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, in the aftermath of the raid in May 1943 and became the most highly decorated British serviceman at that time. He completed over 170 war operations before dying in action at the age of 26.
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