OUR N E W   W E B   S I T E   "WORLD AIR FORCE NEWS"
 
  
 
 

WORLD AIR WAR HISTORY


 
  HOME > War Stories & Memories >

UK airman awarded for heroism in Libya

UK airman awarded for heroism in Libya

An RAF navigator has been awarded a top French medal for the second time in three years, for heroism under fire while protecting civilians from attack by Colonel Gaddaffi's forces in Libya.

It’s the second time the airman, now serving with the RAF’s iconic 617 ‘Dambusters” Squadron, has received the honour from the French government – two years ago he received the same decoration for bravery on operations in Afghanistan when flying on a three-year exchange posting with the Armée de l’Air, the French Air Force, operating the two-seat Mirage 2000D attack fighter aircraft. 


Abson said: “I am honoured and humbled to be recognised in this way, although at the time I was just doing my job. In a way it’s a tribute to the close bonds formed between the RAF and the French Air Force in Libya and Afghanistan where we were, literally for me, fighting side-by-side.



“It was a tremendous experience for me to serve with our French allies, I think we all learned a lot from each other which can only benefit both nations if we are called on to conduct future joint operations. “


He was presented with the Croix de la Valeur Militaire with Bronze Star (Cross of Military Valour with bronze star) at a ceremony in London’s exclusive Carlton Gardens, a former residence of France’s legendary wartime leader General Charles de Gaulle.




Source: arabianaerospace.aero News - 20 June 2013

Photo: Flight Lieutenant Ian Abson was attached to the French Air Force when he took part in the dangerous night-time missions near Tripoli that won him the award. (Photo by arabianaerospace.aero)


(6/20/2013)


 
  CONTINENTAL NEWS:

American Air Force News
African Air Force News
Asian Air Force News
European Air Force News
Middle Eastern AF News
Ocean Air Force News


• 2 Million Dead or More: North Korea war

(9/15/2017)
2 Million Dead (or More): Why the World Is Not Ready for War with North Korea. The label of the North Korean state as a Marxist-Leninist regime, even of the particularly repressive...>>

• US Pullout From INF Treaty Likely to Set Off New Cold War - NSA Whistleblower

(6/28/2017)
Former NSA technical director William Binney claims that any US unilateral withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty could trigger a new Cold War between R...>>

• Russian Arms Exporter, Czech Enterprise Win NATO Bid to Repair Afghan Mi-17

(6/26/2017)
The Czech Republic's Lom Praha state enterprise has won jointly with Russia's Rosoboronexport arms exporter a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) tender on the repair of Mi-1...>>

• Syrian Air Force denies “bulk” of planes moved to Russian airbase

(4/20/2017)
Several U.S. media outlets claimed on Wednesday that the Syrian Air Force moved its assets to the Russian-controlled Hmaymim Airbase in southwest Latakia....>>

• Saudi Arabian tank crew burnt alive after Houthi ambush in Yemen

(4/19/2017)
Cross-border operations are taking a deadly toll on the Saudi Arabian Army (KSA) as Houthi-led troops continue to conduct hit-and-run attacks across three southern governorates of ...>>

• IRGC Navy Warns of Dire Consequences of US Warships' Amateur Behavior in Persian Gulf

(3/10/2017)
A commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Navy blasted the recent change of course by a US warship towards the IRGC vessels in the Persian Gulf, and warned of the dire rep...>>

• Pilot of Syrian Jet That Crashed in Turkey Says Plane Was Shot Down

(3/9/2017)
According to the Turkish newspaper, the pilot said that the jet took off from the military airbase in Syria's Latakia to carry out airstrikes on militants' targets near the Syrian ...>>

 



       info@xairforces.net Webmaster: REFLX DESIGN - © 2011 xairforces / Aviation Society,