These pages are dedicated to the flying career of Geoffrey William Daggett (b.1922-
Awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his 33 missions during WWII with bomber command.
Guy Gibson, leader of the Dam Busters, was killed on one of his missions, in 1944.
The account of Guy Gibson’s death.
The extract below was taken from BOMBER COMMANDS website at :-
Dads Squadron : Rhodesian 44 Squadron ( Also known in following extracts as No.5 Group.)
19/20 September 1944
227 Lancasters and 10 Mosquitos of Nos 1 and No 5 Groups to the twin towns of Mönchengladbach/Rheydt. 4 Lancasters and 1 Mosquito lost. Bomber Command claimed severe damage to both towns, particularly to Mönchengladbach.
The Master Bomber for this raid was Wing Commander Guy Gibson, VC, DSO, DFC flying a No 627 Squadron Mosquito from Coningsby, where he was serving as Base Operations Officer. Gibson's instructions over the target were heard throughout the raid and gave no hint of trouble, but his aircraft crashed in flames -
Aircraft of No 100 Group flew 15 RCM and 17 Mosquito sorties without loss.
Guy Gibson, VC (1918-
Leader of the Dam Busters Raid
Gibson's gravestone. Holland.
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