A courageous RAF Boulmer airman has been awarded the Queen’s Gallantry Medal for an exemplary act of bravery.
Sergeant Chris Bradshaw, a Search and Rescue winchman with A Flight 202 Squadron, received his award from the Queen at a ceremony at Windsor Castle.
He was awarded the medal for the rescue of survivors from a mid-air collision.
Facing a series of potentially dangerous situations when being winched down to the casualties, Chris remained calm under pressure, placed himself in real danger and adapted his procedures to directly save an airman’s life.
He also provided lifesaving medical care in the helicopter en route to the hospital, preventing further injury.
Following the ceremony, Chris said: “It’s a great honour to be recognised for the work that we do and I am delighted to accept the award on behalf of the whole crew.
“RAF Search and Rescue is all about teamwork and, as the winchman, I put my trust in the outstanding capabilities of the rest of the crew.”
His partner Louise and mum Julia went with him to Windsor Castle to witness the very special event.
Chris said: “It was a fantastic experience at Windsor Castle. There were a couple of Olympians there receiving their MBE and to be presented by The Queen herself was an absolute privilege.
“She knew all about the rescue and we had quite a chat about it. It was surreal.”