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    Hi guys

    I am seeking details of the aircraft crew and aerodrome where this incident occurred, please. Below is citation for Sgt Jobson's George Medal (and Driver Gurnham)


    "On 14th July, 1940, Sergeant Jobson and Driver Gurnham displayed great coolness and gallantry when a Battle aircraft crashed, and burst into flames outside an aerodrome. Driver Gurnham was the first on the scene of the accident, followed by Sergeant Jobson about one minute later. Despite the flames and ammunition which was bursting in all directions, the two men climbed on to the wreckage and succeeded in extricating the pilot who had a broken leg. A petrol tank exploded just after the rescue had been effected. Sergeant Jobson and Driver Gurnham, with complete disregard for their personal safety, undoubtedly saved the life of the pilot."

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    Last edited by brian; 6th August 2010 at 20:13.

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    Most likely Battle I L4966 of 12 OTU , RAF Benson . Engine cut on approach , hit trees and crashed . Aircraft was destroyed by fire .

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    Hi Brian.

    14 July 1940
    12 OTU
    Battle I L4966
    Air Test

    Took off Benson for a height test. While approaching the airfield, at 1240, the engine failed and the cockpit promptly filled with fumes. Smashing into trees, the Battle caught fire, trapping Sgt Schoon who, but for the heroic actions of Sgt D Jobson RAF and Pte E D Gurnham RASC, would have surely perished. For their actions, his saviours each received a George Medal, this being duly noted by the unit's diarist on 11 January 1941.

    Sgt G W Schoon* - Injured.

    See: BCL7/21

    * 742497 Sgt George William SCHOON RAFVR (later 141463, DFC, MiD)

    and ...

    George Medal - Alphabetical List of Award Winners.

    A.

    Name and rank/position: GURNHAM, Dvr. Eric Owen 139753
    Organisation: Royal Army Service Corps. att Med. Arty.,4 Corps.
    Action: Saving life after aircraft crash.
    Place: Near Benson airfield, Oxfordshire.
    Date of incident: 14 July,1940.
    L.G. Date and page: 24 Dec.1940 p.7207.

    B.

    Name and rank/position: JOBSON, Sgt. Douglas. 513955.
    Organisation: Royal Air Force. 12 OTU, RAF.
    Action: Saving life after aircraft crash.
    Place: Near Benson airfield, Oxfordshire.
    Date of incident: 14 July,1940
    L.G. Date and page: 24 Dec.1940 p.7207.

    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 & Sons Ltd.,1984.
    A. p.45
    B. p.54

    Col.
    Last edited by COL BRUGGY; 7th August 2010 at 05:05.

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    Default Sgt Jobson GM

    Thanks David and Col

    Just what I was seeking.

    Cheers
    Brian

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