Wing Commander, Guy Gibson, VC, commander of RAF 617 Squadron and the famous Dambuster raid relaxing in a poppy field near RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, on 22 July 1943. The poppy is the official symbol of remembrance in the UK.
Wing Commander Guy Gibson of Dambusters 617 Squadron sits at his desk at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire with fellow dam buster Squadron Leader Dave Maltby. The picture was taken by an official RAF photographer on 22 July 1943.
Wing Commander Guy Gibson, commander of 617 Squadron and the Dambuster raid with members of his crew at RAF Scampton on 22 July 1943.
Those in the photograph are, from left to right, Wing Commander Guy Gibson, Pilot Officer P M Spafford, bomb-aimer; Flight Lieutenant R E G Hutchinson, wireless operator; Pilot Officer G A Deering and Flying Officer H T Taerum, gunners.
“The Lancaster Mk III had a crew of seven, which was made up of the pilot, flight engineer, navigator, bomb aimer, wireless operator, mid-upper gunner and rear gunner. During the Second World War Lancaster bombers took part in 156,192 missions and dropped a total of 608,612 tons of bombs. Of the 7,374 manufactured 3,431 were lost in action and 246 were destroyed due to operational accidents. Only 35 Lancaster aircraft managed to complete one-hundred operations, with the most successful completing one-hundred and thirty nine.”