A menu for the "Damn Busters" (sic) Dinner to celebrate the decoration of members of 617 Squadron R.A.F. following their gallant effort on the Rhur Dams. Given by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd. Tuesday 22nd June 1943 held at the Hungaria Restaurant, Regents Street, London

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Lot 424
A menu for the "Damn Busters" (sic) Dinner to celebrate the decoration of members of 617 Squadron R.A.F. following their gallant effort on the Rhur Dams. Given by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd. Tuesday 22nd June 1943 held at the Hungaria Restaurant, Regents Street, London

Sold for £ 4,465 (US$ 5,533) inc. premium

Arms & Armour

12 Apr 2005, 12:00 BST

Oxford

A menu for the "Damn Busters" (sic) Dinner to celebrate the decoration of members of 617 Squadron R.A.F. following their gallant effort on the Rhur Dams. Given by A. V. Roe & Co. Ltd. Tuesday 22nd June 1943 held at the Hungaria Restaurant, Regents Street, London
signed by thirty-one crew members and other persons involved in the raid who had, that day, received their awards at Buckingham Palace, including Wing Cdr. Guy Gibson VC, F/Sgt. Sumpter DFM, F. Officer Hobday DFC, B.N. Wallis (Designer of the Bouncing Bomb), P/Officer Sparfford DFC, Sgt. V. Nicholson DFM, F. Sgt. K.W. Brown CGM, Reg Pierson CBE (Chief Designer Vickers Armstrong - Aircraft Section), Eve Gibson (Guy Gibson's wife).

Footnotes

  • These signatures were collected by Flight Lieutenant Richard Algernon Dacre Trevor-Roper who was awarded the DFM on the 23rd December 1942 and the DFC on the 28th May 1943 for the Dam Buster raid on which he was Guy Gibson's tail gunner. He was later killed in action on Friday 31st March 1944.

    The note by Gibson "To Pat" refers to Trevor-Roper's wife who was in hospital having just given birth to a son.

    Provenance: By decent to the Vendor.

    See illustration.
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