Dambuster Guy Gibson’s medals to be displayed in new exhibition supported by Wilkin Chapman solicitors
Wilkin Chapman solicitors will play a small part in military aviation history when, next January, Lincolnshire plays host to a unique exhibition – the centre piece of which is one of the most famous Victoria Crosses in history.
As an associate partner, the firm has supported Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire County Council's Heritage Service and West Lindsey District Council to enable a prestigious National Lottery Heritage-funded project become a reality.
The Victoria Cross of Wing Commander Guy Gibson, Dambuster will go on display as part of the ‘‘A Century of Valour’ exhibition, which runs from Saturday January 25th to Sunday March 15th at The Collection Museum, Lincoln.
Gibson’s famous medal, which has only been publicly exhibited three times previously and all in London, has remained stored away since 1992 and will be shown, along with other rare artefacts in this, at this, the last in a series of ‘Bastion in the Air’ exhibitions.
"A Century of Valour", tells the story of bravery in the air and on the ground through three major periods in Lincolnshire's military history – World War One, World War Two and The Cold War.
Previously unseen memorabilia from the famous fighter ace Douglas Bader, including his log book and artefacts from his time in captivity in Colditz castle, will also be displayed. Other stories include the international story of American nurses, known as the "Winged Angels", supporting injured troops transported in C-47 Dakota aircraft to bases in the county.
Wilkin Chapman Partner and Military Sector head James Marsden said: “As Lincolnshire’s leading law firm, the team recognises the intrinsic link between Britain’s aviation history and ‘bomber’ county. Our life would be very different today if it were not for the brave personnel who flew across Lincolnshire’s skies all those years ago. We are therefore honoured to have played our part in making this unique exhibition happen and look forward to visting.”