Hero’s wings return to the skies of Lincolnshire

Image shows RAF Typhoon Pilot Flt Lt Brighty

On Friday 24 January, a Typhoon aircraft from RAF Coningsby flew ‘wings’ belonging to a legendary World War Two airman in a flypast over Lincoln.

The ‘wings’, denoting that he was a pilot, were on a uniform that was left at Coningsby after Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC was killed in action in 1944. They will be on display at an exhibition in Lincoln, ‘Bastion in the Air: A Century of Valour’ that features Gibson’s Victoria Cross medal won for leading the Dambusters mission in 1943.  The event will also showcase other artefacts from RAF personnel decorated for gallantry.

The pilot of the Typhoon said, ‘Guy Gibson flew most of his operations from Lincolnshire, at Scampton and here at Coningsby. It’s a huge honour and privilege to be asked to carry his wings with me as I fly over Lincoln today’

Pictured here are Guy Gibson's wings with and in a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Bomber, just like the one he flew during the famous Dambuster Raid
Wing Commander Guy Gibson, VC, DSO, DFC, was the most highly decorated and first Commanding Officer of 617 (Dam Busters) Sqn. Pictured here are his wings with and in a Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Lancaster Bomber, just like the one he flew during the famous Dambuster Raid. The images are to commemorate the opening of a new exibition in Lincoln, “Bastion in the Air – A Century of Valour.

Dave Harrigan, Aviation Heritage Manager at Lincolnshire County Council, added:

“This is a fantastic opportunity to again highlight Lincolnshire’s vital contribution to the defence of our country through the bravery of such incredible individuals. It is very appropriate and gratifying that RAF Coningsby agreed to fly the wings as a tribute to Gibson and all of the other people that we are celebrating in this exhibition.”

The exhibition opens at The Collection in Lincoln on 25 January and runs until 15 March.

Top image shows RAF Typhoon Pilot Flt Lt Brighty with the ‘wings’ in front of his Typhoon.

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