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    Default Corporal L.C. Bridgeman, G.M., R.A.F.

    Looking for more details related to this newspaper report. I seem to think the incident happened in the Middle or Far East but not sure. Can anyone please enlighten me

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    From The Times, Wednesday, February 4, 1942

    GEORGE MEDAL FOR R.A.F. CORPORAL

    Cpl. L.C. BRIDGEMAN.

    A vessel which was taking a naval and R.A.F salvage crew to an aircraft which had crashed into the sea on the previous day struck a mine and sunk. After the explosion the forepart of the vessel remained afloat for a short period, and Cp. Bridgeman, accompanied by a naval officer, descended to the hold in an endeavour to rescue the injured. In spite of warnings, Cpl. Bridgeman continued his rescue work and, when this part of the vessel capsized and sank, he went under with the wreckage. He managed to get clear and was rescued later. The naval officer lost his life. Although suffering from the effects of the explosion, Cpl. Bridgeman displayed great bravery.
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    Hello Peter,

    Here are the basics on Bridgeman's George Medal:-

    Name and rank/position:
    BRIDGEMAN, Cpl. Leonard Charles 531432.

    Organisation:
    Royal Air Force. 151 Maintenance Unit in M.V. 'Buffalo'.

    Action:
    Saving life in rescue vessel which struck mine.

    Place:
    Off Singapore.

    Date of incident:
    5 April '41.

    L.G. Date and page.
    3 Feb '42. p.557.

    See:
    Dragons Can be Defeated:A Complete Record of the George Medal's Progress from 1940 to 1983.
    Henderson,D.V. GM Major (Ret'd)
    n.p.:Spink & Son,1984.
    p. 22.

    Brace yourself for the onslaught !

    Col.
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    Thanks Col

    I had a feeling the incident was in the Far East but wasn't sure. I've read more about this somewhere but for the life of me I can't remember where, might even have been on here.

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    Peter.

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    It begins Col:

    For that date on Singapore Memorial: RAF men, Unit listed in GRO list a 'AIRCRAFT DEPOT' only Farnhill having the letters FE after his unit.

    BRYANT GPF 560529 AIRCRAFT DEPOT 05/04/1941 RAF
    DAVIS AP 521814 AIRCRAFT DEPOT 05/04/1941 RAF
    FARNHILL G 28039 AIRCRAFT DEPOT FE 05/04/1941 RAF
    MARTLEW L 642867 [NO GRO UNIT] 05/04/1941 RAF
    MCKIE J 564998 [NO GRO UNIT] 05/04/1941 RAF
    *PRITCHARD TJ 44422 Not in GRO list but will check again 05/04/1941 RAF
    WIGGIN WA 364753 AIRCRAFT DEPOT 05/04/1941 RAF

    Buried in Kranji but I can't see him in the GRO list

    And of course the old reliable:
    http://www.naval-history.net/xDKCas1941-04APR.htm

    Buffalo, mooring vessel, lost on British mine off Singapore

    AIREY, Richard R, Commander, (Dauntless, O/P), MPK
    BRYANT, George P F, Sergeant, RAF, 650529, (Aircraft Depot O/P) MPK
    DAVIS, Arnold P, Corporal, RAF, 521814, (Aircraft Depot O/P) MPK
    FARNHILL, George, Wing Commander, RAF, 28039, (Aircraft Depot O/P) MPK
    MARTLEW, Leslie, Aircraftsman 1c, RAF, 642867, (RAF O/P) MPK
    MCKIE, James, Corporal, RAF, 564889, (RAF O/P) MPK
    THOMAS, Michael B, Lieutenant Commander, (Sultan, O/P), killed


    Flight magazine November 27th 1941 lists them as Died on Active Service.
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    Your previous thread Peter.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/cgi-bin/dcforum/dcboard.cgi?az=show_thread&om=11329&forum=DCForumI D6&archive=yes
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    Dennis,

    Very many thanks. I knew I'd done something on this in the past but like I said, couldn't remember when or where.

    Regards
    Peter.

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