A FAITHFUL REPRODUCTION OF THE LOG BOOK OF THE ICONIC LEADER OF THE DAMBUSTERS RAIDPresented in its own luxury embossed presentation box with an ORIGINAL PENCIL DRAWING by Richard Taylor and specially printed Certificate of Authenticity.
Officially licensed as a faithful reproduction of the original, which is held in the Public Records Office in London, only a limited number have ever been produced. It covers the period from 15 November 1940, with the first written entry an Ďaileron / elevator testí on a 29 Squadron Blenheim, and records all of his subsequent flights up to the Ďair testí of a P-38 Lightning on 16 September 1944. Three days later, on 19 September, Gibson was killed piloting a Mosquito over Holland.
For Dambuster enthusiasts, however, the most important entries are those leading up to and including the mission that took place on the 16 / 17 May 1943 Ė the night he led the Lancasters of 617 Squadron on Operation Chastise, the legendary raid for which his leadership and conspicuous bravery led to the award of the Victoria Cross.
The COLLECTORíS EDITION is strictly limited to just NINETEEN copies in memory of the nineteen Lancaster crews that took part in Operation Chastise.
Each copy features a faithful reproduction of Guy Gibsonís Flying Log Book No.2 enclosed within a velvet-lined, embossed presentation box which also contains an ORIGINAL pencil drawing specially crafted for the occasion by Richard Taylor, one of Britainís most talented aviation artists. Both drawing and replica Log Book are authenticated by a specially-formulated Certificate of Authenticity.
The second edition, the VETERAN'S EDITION, is even more memorable. Of the nineteen aircraft that set out from Scampton on Operation Chastise, only eleven returned and remembering those survivors, this edition is restricted to only ELEVEN copies worldwide.
Each original drawing is conservation matted within the presentation box to include the authentic signatures of FOUR famous Dambusters, including the last surviving veteran to take part in the raid.Matted Signatures (Veteran's Edition):Sqn Ldr GEORGE JOHNSON MBE DFM - Bomb-Aimer on Lancaster AJ-T
Sqn Ldr LES MUNRO CNZM DSO QSO DFC - Pilot on Lancaster AJ-W
Sqn Ldr DAVE SHANNON DSO* DFC* - Pilot on Lancaster AJ-L
Air Mshl Sir ĎMICKí MARTIN KCB CB DSO* DFC* AFC - Pilot on Lancaster AJ-P