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17 July 2020 04:45

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Gravestone to Dambuster hero's beloved black Labrador 'N*****' REPLACED by the RAF after review

A gravestone for Dambusters hero Guy Gibson's pet dog 'N****r' has been removed and replaced with one without his name – sparking fury among veterans. The stone tablet, which is based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, honoured Gibson's black Labrador, which was run over by a car and killed just hours before his Wing Commander owner led the famous World War Two raid. But RAF top brass have now paid for a new memorial, replacing where his name was with an outline of the famous canine and the words 'The Dog'. Until now it had remained untouched at RAF Scampton - the World War Two base of 617 'Dambusters' Squadron – for years in the dog's honour. RAF top brass have now paid for a new memorial for Guy Gibson's pet dog 'N****r', replacing where his name was with an outline of the famous canine and the words 'The Dog' (pictured left: The old gravestone.

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The black labrador was kiiled by a hit-and-run driver just hours before Gibson led the RAF's crack 617 squadron to drop 'bouncing bombs' on German dams in May 1943 Wg Cdr Guy Gibson, Officer Commanding No. 617 Sqn, was awarded the VC for his part in leading the Dambusters raid but died in 1944 aged 26 when his plane crashed over Germany It said: 'This morning we have been out to replace the plaque to Guy Gibson's black Labrador at Raf Scampton. He was buried at Scampton at midnight, the very moment his owner, who was killed a year later aged 26 during a late night sortie over Germany, was leading the daring attack on a series of dams in Germany's Ruhr Valley for which he won the Victoria Cross. Andy Porter said: 'Those of you who know Scampton will be aware of the grave of Guy Gibson's dog N****r outside Hangar 2. A gravestone for a dog which belonged to Second World War hero has been changed to remove the animal's controversial name from public display. Guy Gibson, who was based at RAF Scampton with 617 Squadron, led the Dambusters raid during the conflict.

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At the station, which is north of Lincoln, Gibson kept a male black labrador called N*****, which acted a mascot for the squadron. After the dog died it was buried at the RAF station and a memorial was put in place to honour its contribution to the squadron. The original headstone carried the dog's name at the top and read: "The grave of a Black Labrador Dog. Mascot of 617 Squadron, owned by Wing Commander Guy Gibson. poll loading Were the RAF right to remove the name of Guy Gibson's dog from its gravestone? 500+ VOTES SO FAR Yes - it's not suitable for the modern world No - It was a socially acceptable name for dogs at the time and is changing history An RAF spokesman said: "As part of an ongoing review of its historical assets, the RAF have replaced the gravestone of Guy Gibson's dog at RAF Scampton," he said.

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"The new gravestone tells the story of Guy Gibson's dog, but the name has been removed." A gravestone for Dam Busters legend Guy Gibson's pet dog 'N****r' has been removed and replaced with one without his name – sparking fury among veterans. The stone tablet, which is based at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, honoured Gibson's black Labrador, which was run over by a car and killed on the day of the famous raid. But RAF top brass have now paid for a new memorial, replacing where his name was with an outline of the famous canine and the words 'The Dog'. Until now it had remained untouched at RAF Scampton – the World War Two base of 617 'Dam Busters' Squadron – for years in the dog's honour. The switch was only revealed when headstone firm Draper Memorials posted an image of the new tablet online.

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RAF top brass have now paid for a new memorial for Guy Gibson's pet dog 'N****r', replacing where his name was with an outline of the famous canine and the words 'The Dog' (pictured left: The old gravestone. Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC (right), Dambusters hero with his devoted dog 'N****r'. The black labrador was kiiled by a hit-and-run driver just hours before Gibson led the RAF's crack 617 squadron to drop 'bouncing bombs' on German dams in May 1943 Wg Cdr Guy Gibson, Officer Commanding No. 617 Sqn, was awarded the VC for his part in leading the Dambusters raid It said: 'This morning we have been out to replace the plaque to Guy Gibson's black Labrador at Raf Scampton. The dog, that served as the mascot of 617 Squadron, was run over by a car and killed on the day of the famous raid in May 1943. He was buried at Scampton at midnight, the very moment his owner was leading the daring attack on a series of dams in Germany's Ruhr Valley for which he won the Victoria Cross.

It has instead been replaced with a brand new stone which bears the outline of a black Labrador dog at the top instead of its name, although the wording underneath remains the same. An RAF Spokesperson said: 'As part of an ongoing review of its historical assets, the RAF have replaced the gravestone of Guy Gibson's dog at RAF Scampton. 'The new gravestone tells the story of Guy Gibson's dog, but the name has been removed.' Andy Porter said: 'Those of you who know Scampton will be aware of the grave of Guy Gibson's dog N****r outside Hangar 2. Image copyright PA Media Image caption The RAF said the gravestone had been replaced "as part of an ongoing review of its historical assets" A gravestone honouring the Dambusters' dog - whose name is a racist slur - has been replaced. The 617 Squadron's mascot, a black Labrador, died on the day of its famous "bouncing bomb" raid on German dams in 1943. A memorial at the Dambusters' World War Two base, RAF Scampton, bearing the dog's name was removed. Sir Edward said he had written to the station commander of RAF Scampton about the change. The gravestone for RAF legend Guy Gibson's pet dog 'N****r' has been replaced with one that doesn't use his name. The stone tablet at RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire - the World War II base of 617 'Dambusters' Squadron - honoured Gibson's black Labrador dog. 6 The dog's grave before the change Credit: Bournemouth News 'N****r' was buried at Scampton at midnight, the very moment his owner was leading the daring attack on a series of dams in Germany's Ruhr Valley for which he won the Victoria Cross. It has instead been replaced with a brand new stone which bears the outline of a black Labrador dog at the top instead of its name. An RAF Spokesperson said: "As part of an ongoing review of its historical assets, the RAF have replaced the gravestone of Guy Gibson's dog at RAF Scampton. "The new gravestone tells the story of Guy Gibson's dog, but the name has been removed." In the 1955 war film, The Dam Busters, in which Richard Todd played Guy Gibson, the pet was called by its original name.