Bronze Aviation Portrait Bust of Guy Gibson
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Wing Commander Guy Gibson the first commanding officer of the Royal Air Forces's 617 Squadron which he led in the Dam Busters raid in 1943. This resulted in the destruction of two large dams. He was awarded the Victoria Cross and died later in the war.
At the outbreak of World War II Gibson was a pilot with 83 squadron being awarded the DFC during Bomber Command's first raid of the war. In March 1943 he was chosen to command the newly formed 617 squadron created to destroy the hydroelectric dams in the Robin. To accomplish this objective they were provided with the bouncing bomb designed by Barnes Wallis. The bombs had to be dropped from 60 feet from a predefined distance to skip across the water in to the dam face and then roll down it to a predefined depth. In order to succeed this operation had to be carried out at night and on the night of the 16th May 1943 Gibson led his force of specially modified Lancasters. The devastation caused by the raids was extensive.
After a brief lecture tour of the USA, Gibson returned to operational flying in July 1944, but on 19 September he and his navigator both lost their lives when their Mosquito crashed in the Netherlands while leading a raid as master bomber,
In the words of Marshal of the RAF Sir Arthur Harris:” Guy Gibson was as great a warrior as this Island ever produced”
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The Guy Gibson Bronze Bust Sculpture by Aviation and Military Artist and Sculptor Peter Close is limited to an edition of 350
The bronze sculpture is hand cast in the highest quality cold cast bronze in Peter's workshop in Somerset
The Guy Gibson Bust Bronze Sculpture will come to you with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist and will be engraved with its own unique edition number - if you would like to request a special number please contact us to check availability
The sculpture stands 16" high and weighs 5 kgs Shipping is free within the UK only.
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Bronze Limited Edition Military Art and Aviation Art Sculpture by Military Artist and Sculptor Peter Close