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https://www.lincolnshirelive.co.uk/news ... ne-4335426Nigger was a male black labrador retriever belonging to Wing Commander Guy Gibson of the Royal Air Force,
and the mascot of No. 617 Squadron.
Gibson owned the dog when he was previously a member of 106 Squadron.
Nigger often accompanied Gibson on training flights
and was a great favourite of the members of both 106 and 617 Squadrons.
He was noted for his liking of beer,
which he drank from his own bowl in the Officers' Mess.
Nigger died on 16 May 1943, the day of the famous "Dam Busters" raid,
when he was hit by a car.
He was buried at midnight as Gibson was leading the raid.
"Nigger" (Morse code: -. .. --. --. . .-. )
was the codeword Gibson used to confirm the breach of the Möhne Dam.
Nigger's grave is at Royal Air Force station Scampton, Lincolnshire.
https://www.change.org/p/r-a-f-scampton ... s-memorialUPDATED
14:36, 17 JUL 2020
Replacement of headstone for Dambusters hero Guy Gibson's dog sparks petition to change it back
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It calls for the name of the dog,
which is now used as a racial slur, to be reinstated
https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/12148008/ ... og-called/The much-loved squadron dog died on the same night
that his owner breached the famous German dams
during the Second World War.
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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-lin ... e-53436447Dambusters dog: Headstone replaced to remove racist name
16 July 2020
A gravestone honouring the Dambusters' dog - whose name is a racial 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.
The RAF said it did not want to give prominence to an offensive term that went against its ethos.
Sir Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough,
said he was "very fearful of our ability today to erase or re-write history".
Kris Hendrix, campaigns manager at the RAF Museum, said the dog - which the BBC is not naming
- was a "drinking buddy" for squadron members
and would consume litres of beer before passing out.
He was hit by a car and killed on 16 May 1943,
but his death was kept from the airmen as it was feared they might see it as a bad omen.
Mr Hendrix added: "It was such a famous dog,
it was such a famous squadron and that meant the grave has been kept until today.
"The standards have changed throughout the years,
while it may not have been a controversial name during the Second World War,
things are very different now."
Sir Edward said he had written to the station commander of RAF Scampton about the change.
In his letter, shared with the BBC, he said:
"Undoubtedly we are both more sensitive and more sensible today
when it comes to the delicateness of racialist and derogatory terminology
which had been used with unfortunate informality in the past.
"I am, however, very fearful of our ability today to erase or re-write history.
The past needs to be explained, taught about, and learned from - not re-written."