Saturday, 9 May 2009
The Times Reckons This Photo Shows Guy Gibson
According to the caption underneath the picture Guy Gibson is stroking the dog. As I explained in my email to The Times the photo:
"does not show Wing Commander Guy Gibson stroking his dog since the airman stroking it has a Warrant Officer badge on his tunic sleeve."
Here is a photograph of Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, RAF.
This is his wikipedia biography.
And that dog definitely isn't a labrador.
Perhaps The Times ought to change its masthead motto to "Near enough is good enough". I haven't seen a correction in the paper yet.
Update: 16 May The Times corrects itself :
Readers too numerous to mention, including more than one retired group captain, have queried the archive photo that accompanied a May 7 report on a new Dam Busters film and purported to show Guy Gibson with fellow crewmen plus his dog. Most pointed out that the airman in question was displaying a warrant officer's badge on his sleeve rather than a wing commander's, and some even doubted the identity of the dog.
The photo was firmly captioned as Guy Gibson, but long experience tells us that if just one Times reader indicates an error they're probably wrong, two or three and we start to worry, and six or more are almost certainly right; so we have erred on the side of caution and taken it down from Times Online. "