Second World War
Artifact W2-02: Dambuster Napkin Ring
Submitted by: Michael Braham, Capt (N) (Ret’d)
Guy Gibson was the Commanding Officer of Royal Air Force Squadron 617 which he led in the famous “Dam Buster” raid in 1943 that led to the destruction of two strategically important dams in the Ruhr Valley. The raid involved a daring, low-level attack using specially designed bombs that were skipped across the water to explode against the dam face.He was awarded the Victoria Cross for this outstanding feat of gallantry and daring. He was killed later in the war.