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Operational Honours and Awards List : October 2013

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Operational Honours and Awards List : October 2013

Many congratulations to all 117 recipients

A total of 117 members of the Armed Forces have received honours and awards in the latest Operational Honours and Awards List

23 Royal Air Force personnel are honoured for their bravery and service including ...

Distinguished Flying Cross

Flight Lieutenant Timothy Edward TROTT - RAF Odiham

Queen's Commendation for Bravery in the Air

Flight Lieutenant Christopher GENT - RAF Odiham

MOD RAF : Chinook Pilot Commended

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Air Force Cross (AFC)

Flight Lieutenant Christian John WILKINS, Royal Air Force

Queen’s Gallantry Medal (QGM)

Sergeant Rachael Louise ROBINSON, Royal Air Force


British army heroes honoured

Congratulations all round, I read the Gurkha story a while back and I believe they were pushing for a higher award at the time.

Nice to see a Bar awarded to an MC

Corporal John Matthew WATSON MC, Royal Marines

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Not many female recipients of the QGM I'd reckon. Congratulations to Sgt Robinson for her award for her part in getting an injured French fisherman off a trawler in very high seas. Here's the link:

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I'm ashamed to say I didnt even know we had winchwomen (if that's the correct term) on SAR. Fantastic job!
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Flight Lieutenant Timothy Edward TROTT - RAF Odiham
Is he an ex AAC chap?
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Is he an ex AAC chap?
Yes. Former Apache QHI.

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Yet again, a winchweight with huge cahoonas.

Well done!
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Metaphorically speaking of course!!

Well done Rach.
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Queen’s Gallantry Medal (QGM)

Sergeant Rachael Louise ROBINSON, Royal Air Force





The Master's Medal 2013

Sergeant Rachael Robinson RAF


Citation:
Winch woman Sergeant Rachael Robinson was a member of the crew of Rescue 169, the duty RAF search and rescue helicopter from A Flight, 22 Squadron, called to rescue a crewman from a 25 metre French fishing vessel, “Alf” in the Irish Sea on Thursday 21st March 2013. The crewman had serious head injuries and his condition was deteriorating.

The Alf was pitching and rolling violently, climbing and descending vertically 40 feet with each swell and rolling violently. The 35 knot wind whipped up spray and the sheeting rain further hampered visibility. The Alf’s captain spoke very little English, so a 3 way translation service was arranged via satellite phone involving English and French Coastguards and the crew of Rescue 169 to brief the French captain about how the RAF helicopter crew intended to get the crewman off the fishing boat.

Winch woman Robinson made 6 separate, hazardous descents on the winch-wire in an attempt to reach the Alf’s tiny deck. So violent were the seas that Rachael was repeatedly snatched from the heaving deck as the boat plunged into wave troughs faster than the winch cable could be paid out.

After three winching attempts, the Sea King was running out of fuel, so a swift refuel was arranged at Haverfordwest to prepare for a second attempt. It took three further attempts before Flight Lieutenant ‘Taff’ Wilkins – the Sea King’s captain – eventually calculated the lift to the optimum second, climbing his Sea King as the Alf reached the top of a swell, plucking Rachael and the casualty clear of the deck. The casualty was treated en-route for head injuries and hypothermia and was taken to Swansea Moriston Hospital. It was entirely due to the actions of the crew of rescue 169 and Rachael Robinson’s incredible fortitude that the injured crewman survived.
Sgt Robinson will receive her Master's Medal at the Guild's annual Trophies and Awards Banquet to be held in the Great Hall of London's historic Guildhall on the 23rd October.
The Banquet will be attended by HRH Prince Andrew Duke of York, Grand Master of the Guild. Official guests include leading figures in aviation from around the world.

The Banquet is open to all Guild members and their guests.
Closing date for applications to attend: Friday 4th October
For more information and a downloadable Application Form click the Guild badge ...............



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Impressive list. Well done everyone.

Re Bar to MC, anyone know when the last one was ?
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It does not say, but there are 164 only, mind you might not be upto date

Category:Recipients of the Military Cross and Bar - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Blimey, some guys had 3 bars on their MC's

During World War I, Acting Captain Francis Victor Wallington of the Royal Field Artillery was the first person to be awarded the MC and three bars when he was invested with his third bar on 10 July 1918 (gazetted 13 September 1918: he had obtained the first three awards as a second lieutenant).[5][6] Three other officers were subsequently awarded a third bar, Percy Bentley, Humphrey Arthur Gilkes and Charles Gordon Timms, all of whose awards were gazetted in a supplement to the London Gazette of 31 January 1919.[5][7]
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Yes, I looked at that but couldn't clearly see the last.

Just interested that's all.
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Nutloose - I'm afraid you have misread the Wiki entry on the Military Cross, that number only refers to those holders of the MC and bar for which there is a Wikipedia entry

The numbers taken from British Gallantry Awards by Abbott and Tamplin (1971) are as follows:

World War One :

2,983 1st bars
168 2nd bars
4 3rd bars

Inter war years :

31 1st bars

World War Two :

482 1st bars
24 2nd bars

(Flight Lieutenant, later Wing Commander, F.E.E.Yeo Thomas, GC, MC* is the only RAF recipient of a bar to the Military Cross)

Post-war years up to 1969 :

28, the last one being awarded for Borneo in 1967. I'm not aware of any since then, up to the present award (there were none for the Falklands War), so I'm guessing this is the first one since 1967

Many years ago I had the pleasure of meeting two gentlemen who both held the MC and bar (WW1 awards) I photographed them and their medals - one of them had won his with the Camel Corps!

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Yes. Former Apache QHI.
Tim was also a former Coldstream Guardsman prior to AAC - good to see him recognized.
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Grenadier, I think.
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Have you actually read the citation for the Gurkha MC????
Get on the MOD website and read it, it is a good use of your time.
Hit on the helmet by a bullet, dazed and throwing a grenade out of his sangar which exploded and blew him over. Getting up to see a bloke in front of him and drawing his kukri, fighting hand to hand, then to top it all they fell out of the sangar still fighting.
Sounds like a rambo film........ Is an MC enough???
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Someone forgot the first rule never ever get a Gurkha angry, nicest guys in the world.
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Congratulations all round, I read the Gurkha story a while back and I believe they were pushing for a higher award at the time.
Which is why I said the above, apologies, mixed him up with this Chap who they only gave the CGC, when a lot thought he deserved the VC

Gurkha who fought off Taliban awarded Gallantry Cross | Mail Online

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/t...urs-recipients

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Sergeant Rachael Robinson received a standing ovation from the 670+ people present at the Guild of Air Pilots' Trophies & Awards Banquet held at London's Guildhall on Wednesday evening.

Honourable Company of Air Pilots

Rachel received her Master's Medal and Certificate from Captain Jim Lovell
and HH Judge Tudor Owen, Master of the Guild



Rachel being congratulated by HRH The Duke of York, Grand Master







The Guild became the Honourable Company of Air Pilots in February 2014.
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Well done, her>
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Sergeant Rachael Robinson received a standing ovation from the 670+ people present at the Guild of Air Pilots' Trophies & Awards Banquet held at London's Guildhall on Wednesday evening.
Have the ditched they Navigators already? Although, I do hear that GAPAN are changing their name to Worshipful Company of Air Pilots by Royal Charter - or should it be the Worshipful Company of Royal Air Pilots? (Worshipful CRAP?)

Enough frivolity - well done Sgt Robinson.

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