A WAR hero’s signature is the star item at a Sheffield auction of medals and military memorabilia.
Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC was honoured for his actions during the famous Dambusters raid of May 16, 1943, where he led 617 Squadron in an RAF bombing mission that smashed German dams during World War Two.
The hero airmen trained for their daring mission by flying over Ladybower in Derbyshire
Mr Gibson died aged just 26 the following year while in active service in the Netherlands, only months before the war ended.
His autograph is to go under the hammer on Friday, February 8, in Sheffield Auction Galleries’ Spring Medals and Militaria Sale with an estimated sale price of between £800 to £1,200.
Auction house director Elizabeth Dashper said: “This unique lot is made particularly interesting because Mr Gibson died at a young age in action during the war and very few examples of his signature exist today.
“Although the value of this item is through Mr Gibson’s war heroics, it shows an insight into a much more personal side of his life.
“He signs off with ‘although I can’t be with you, please all have a pink gin for me!’ which shows a very human side to him.”
Mr Gibson’s ink signature is on the bottom of a typed letter to a Mr Greene dated June 22, 1944, and declining the invitation to open a fete.
Mr Greene lived in Sheffield from 1967 until his death in 1996, aged 100, and the lot is being auctioned by his family.
The lot also includes a handwritten letter from Mr Green’s sister-in-law Molly Walker to her mother from early 1944, expressing the delight of her son Gilbert who had just had a lift to school with ‘Guy Gibson – the VC Dambuster boy’.
Further medals, including two which belonged to Mr Greene, will also go under the hammer as part of the collection.
n Call the gallery on 0114 2816161 or visit Sheffield Auction Gallery for more details.