Monday, October 10, 2011

Dambusters hero Guy Gibson ‘killed by the RAF’

Dambusters hero Guy Gibson ‘killed by the RAF’:

DAMBUSTERS flying hero Guy Gibson was killed by friendly fire, The Sun can reveal — solving a 67-year-old riddle.

New research shows the RAF hid the truth of the famous bomber pilot's death.

Gibson won the VC leading 617 Squadron's epic raid that smashed giant German dams in May 1943 — but died mysteriously in September 1944, aged 26.

It is thought he got lost flying a Mosquito over Germany and crashed while following Lancaster bombers home.

Now a secret tape reveals a Lancaster gunner mistook Gibson's plane for a similar German Junkers 88 night-fighter and thought he was under attack.

Bernard McCormack recalls he opened fire and the Mosquito went down near a Dutch town — the spot where Gibson crashed.

Racked by guilt, he taped the confession before he died in 1992.

No account of the shooting down is in RAF war records. But the tape and the Lancaster crew's combat report were discovered during research for a remake of 1955 movie The Dambusters.

Researcher James Cutler, 62, said: "It could only have been Gibson's plane. The RAF killed one of its greatest heroes."

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