GIBSON (GUY, VC, DSO, DFC)
Autograph letter signed ("Guy P Gibson"), to Flight-Lieutenant Cecil Wilfred 'Ginger' Parkins ("My Dear Ginger"), at RAF Indian Command, telling how nice it is to hear from him again and gossiping about old times ("...I'm afraid Cranfield is not the same gay place it used to be. I must say G/c F.G. was a wizard for parties. So old Pauline is out Eh? I hope some-one married her!..."), and reminiscing about his Indian boyhood ("...I'm sure you must love India! It's not a bad place Now when I was in POONA I used to make regular trips to catch Prawns in the Irriwaddy! You must try the same when the Japs clear out..."); he then passes on war news ("...Life in England is much the same with everyone very optimistic. The Ruhr certainly is getting the biggest bashing of its life. How anyone can stick it I just don't know..."), and ends: "Well Ginger give any of the boys you may see my love/ and all the best to you"; with autograph stamped envelope, marked by Gibson: "Sender. W/c G.P. Gibson, V.C.", 2 pages, very light dust-staining and spotting, 4to, "Royal Air Force/ Bomber Command/ 26. 6. 43"
- When Gibson returned to active service in the summer of 1944, he in fact made a handful of flights before his final, fatal, flight in September.