The ArgusDambusters letter sells for £11,000 at auction (From The Argus)

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Dambusters letter sells for £11,000 at auction

The Argus: Dambusters letter sells for £11,000 at auction Dambusters letter sells for £11,000 at auction

The last letter written by a war hero on the day before he died has been sold at auction for more than £11,000.

Dambusters hero Guy Gibson wrote the note to his secretary Joyce Meade to thank her for helping to type the proofs for his autobiography, and enclosed a gold brooch with the Air Force's wings.

The next day, Gibson was killed at the age of 26 when his Mosquito plane crashed during a night-time sortie over Germany.

Gibson was awarded the Victoria Cross for his role in leading the 'Dambusters' raids on the Mohne Dam in 1943, one of the best-known operations of the Second World War.

The letter was sold at Battle-based auctioneers Burtsow and Hewett after a bidding battle between two in the room bidders.

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11:47am Fri 30 May 14

Man of steel says...

Is this an appropriate picture for a British hero that flew Mosquitos and Lancasters?
Not even a picture of a German bomber, but that of an ME109 fighter.
Is this an appropriate picture for a British hero that flew Mosquitos and Lancasters? Not even a picture of a German bomber, but that of an ME109 fighter. Man of steel
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1:10pm Fri 30 May 14

Tallywhacker says...

It is pretty pathetic. A newspaper that can't even get a plane from the right country never mind the right type of aircraft. I guess we are lucky it wasn't a picture of the red baron so they at least got the right war. Makes you wonder about the accuracy of the information they dish out sometimes and if they have any competent editors who even look at what rubbish their paper puts out. EMBAR.....ASSING.
It is pretty pathetic. A newspaper that can't even get a plane from the right country never mind the right type of aircraft. I guess we are lucky it wasn't a picture of the red baron so they at least got the right war. Makes you wonder about the accuracy of the information they dish out sometimes and if they have any competent editors who even look at what rubbish their paper puts out. EMBAR.....ASSING. Tallywhacker
  • Score: 4

1:22pm Fri 30 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Another epic fail from The Yarg-us.
Another epic fail from The Yarg-us. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

2:37pm Fri 30 May 14

Andy R says...

Well, what can you say?
Well, what can you say? Andy R
  • Score: 1

2:38pm Fri 30 May 14

Andy R says...

The swastika on the tail fin rounds it off nicely
The swastika on the tail fin rounds it off nicely Andy R
  • Score: 0

3:06pm Fri 30 May 14

brightonline says...

It's not even a real Messerschmidt, it's one of those that came from Spain for the Battle of Britain film that was shot in the late 60s - rubbish.
It's not even a real Messerschmidt, it's one of those that came from Spain for the Battle of Britain film that was shot in the late 60s - rubbish. brightonline
  • Score: 1

3:07pm Fri 30 May 14

brightonline says...

ironically with a Rolls Royce Merlin engine in it!
ironically with a Rolls Royce Merlin engine in it! brightonline
  • Score: 1

5:25pm Fri 30 May 14

ZeeGee, ffs says...

Frankly, I',m amazed that no-one has suggested that the plane contains Nigel Farage on the campaign trail.
Frankly, I',m amazed that no-one has suggested that the plane contains Nigel Farage on the campaign trail. ZeeGee, ffs
  • Score: 0

10:32pm Fri 30 May 14

Vigilia says...

and these are the people who decide what and when we may comment on matters that affect every resident of our City
and these are the people who decide what and when we may comment on matters that affect every resident of our City Vigilia
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