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Dambuster Guy Gibson's Victoria Cross to be on display at new exhibition




An exhibition of the county's aviation gallantry over the last 100 years opens at The Collection Museum in Lincoln from Saturday (January 25).

Called 'A Century of Valour' the exhibition will run until Sunday, March 15, and look at bravery both on the ground and in the air through three conflicts - the First and Second World Wars and The Cold War.

A highlight will be the display of the Victoria Cross, awarded to Wing Commander Guy Gibson of the Dambusters' fame.

Bravery is being recognised both on the ground and in the air at the exhibition.
Bravery is being recognised both on the ground and in the air at the exhibition.

Gibson was a distinguished bomber pilot in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. As the first Commanding Officer of No. 617 Squadron, he led in the 'Dambusters' raid in 1943, resulting in the breaching of two large dams in the Ruhr area of Germany.

The Victoria Cross is the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Gibson became the most highly decorated British serviceman at that time and completed over 170 war operations before dying in action at the age of 26.

This is the first time the medal has returned to Lincolnshire since Gibson's death in 1944, and has only been publicly displayed three times since then.

Other highlights of the exhibition include fighter ace Douglas Bader's artefacts from Colditz Castle (then a prisoner of war camp in Germany) and his flying career, including his log book.

A unique large-scale model Vulcan, originally unveiled by the Queen Mother at RAF Scampton in 1957, together with a decommissioned nuclear bomb and a Vulcan pilot's ejection seat, will be on display.

And animal bravery is also recognised through the century with unique artefacts from various conflicts.

The exhibition will be officially announced on Friday (January 24) with a dramatic flypast planned by an RAF Typhoon fighter over Lincoln city at midday.

For more about the exhibition and admission prices go to The Collection Museum website at: www.thecollectionmuseum.com

The museum is open daily from 10am-4pm.

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