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DAMBUSTER - A Life of Guy Gibson, VC.

Ottaway, Susan

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ISBN 10: 085052427X / ISBN 13: 9780850524277
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London 1994, Leo Cooper, first UK edition, hard bound in dust jacket, 6 x 8 1/2, FINE/FINE CONDITION, xii, 196 pages, illus, index. Few men have a better claim to be called a legend in his own lifetime than Guy Gibson. Leader of the famous Dambuster Raid of May, 1943 which became part of the popular folklore of the Second World War after the film in which Richard Todd took the part of the hero, he himself was tragically killed in an air crash in 1944. Born in India in 1918 and brought up in England in comfortable if somewhat disjointed circumstances, Guy Gibson joined the Royal Air Force in November, 1936. Thereafter his career can be seen as a battle between, on the one hand, his uncertain temperament and less than ideal private life, and, on the other, his undoubted skills as an airman and as a leader of men. The war was to bring him adventure and, later, fame. He took part in the first aerial attack of the war, on the Kiel Canal; he served in Fighter Command and then, in 1943, came the famous raid on the Mohne and Eder dams for which he was awarded the VC. By now a hero of international fame, he was sent on a Public Relations tour of North America, but basically he was a flyer and, refusing to remain grounded, he died an airman's death.Susan Ottaway, who has had the full cooperation of Gibson's family in writing this book, gives a sympathetic but by no means whitewashed picture of an unsettled character suddenly rocketed to fame and by no means sure how to handle it. Bookseller Inventory # 39416

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Title: DAMBUSTER - A Life of Guy Gibson, VC.

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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By the time he was killed in September 1944, after directing a successful raid against the German towns Rheydt and Munchen-Gladbach, Guy Gibson was one of the most highly-decorated RAF officers of World War II. He achieved fame for the part he played in the smashing of the Mohne and Eder dams in Germany in 1943, for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross, but he also completed a record number of operations as both a bomber and a night-fighter pilot, and took part in the first operation of the war. Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of his death, this biography has been written with the co-operation of Gibson's widow and surviving family. It tells his story from his birth in India in 1918 to his death in Holland 26 years later, when the victory to which he had contributed was in sight.

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