- Wing Commander
- Service No:
- Date of Death:
- Royal Air Force
- Cdg. 627 Sqdn.
- V C, D S O and Bar, D F C and Bar
STEENBERGEN-EN-KRUISLAND ROMAN CATHOLIC CEMETERY
- Additional Information:
- U.S. Legion of Merit (Commander). Son of Alexander James Gibson and Norah Gibson; husband of Eve Mary Gibson, of Westminster, London.
- Personal Story:
Guy Gibson was the commander of No. 617 Squadron: "The Dam
Busters". Born in India in 1918, he joined the Royal Air Force in
1936. Guy led 617 Squadron during Operation Chastise, better known
as the Dam Busters Raid, and his leadership and attempts to draw
enemy fire to protect other aircraft earned him the Victoria Cross.
He was killed 16 months later, in September 1944, while leading a
bombing raid over Rheydt and Moenchengladbach in the Netherlands.
He is buried in Steenbergen-En-Kruisland Roman Catholic Cemetery in
The following details are taken from the London Gazette of 27/5/43:- Wing Commander Gibson, whose personal courage knew no bounds, was quickly recognised to be an outstanding operational pilot and leader. He served with conspicuously successful results as a night bomber pilot and also as a night fighter pilot, on operational tours. In addition, on his "rest" nights he made single-handed attacks on highly defended objectives such as the German battleship Tirpitz. Wing Commander Gibson was then selected to command a squadron formed for special tasks. Under his inspiring leadership this squadron executed one of the most devastating attacks of the war - the breaching of the Moehne and Eder dams. Wing Commander Gibson personally made the initial attack on the Moehne dam. Descending to within a few feet of the water, he delivered his attack with great accuracy. He then circled very low for thirty minutes, drawing the enemy fire and permitting as free a run as possible to the following aircraft. He repeated these tactics in the attack on the Eder dam. Throughout his operational career, prolonged exceptionally at his own request, he has shown leadership, determination and valour of the highest order.