News story: RAF airman receives top French medal

#1
Ministry of Defence said:
Flight Lieutenant Ian ‘Abbo’ Abson was attached to the Armée de l’Air, the French Air Force, when he took part in the dangerous night-time missions near Tripoli that won him the Croix de la Valeur Militaire avec Etoile de Bronze (Cross of Military Valour with Bronze Star).

Flight Lieutenant Ian Abson, left, in the navigator's seat of a French Mirage 2000D aircraft [Picture: Crown copyright]It is the second time the airman, now serving with the RAF’s iconic 617 ‘Dambusters’ Squadron, has received the honour from the French government; 2 years ago he received the same decoration for bravery on operations in Afghanistan when flying on a 3-year exchange posting with the French Air Force, operating the 2-seat Mirage 2000D attack fighter aircraft.
Flight Lieutenant 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.

Antoine Anfré (left) presents the French Cross of Military Valour with Bronze Star to RAF Flight Lieutentant Ian Abson [Picture: Petty Officer (Photographer) Derek Wade, Crown copyright]He was presented with the award at a ceremony in London’s exclusive Carlton Gardens, a former residence of France’s wartime leader-in-exile General Charles de Gaulle.
The award was bestowed by Antoine Anfré, the Ministre Conseiller of the French Embassy, at a ceremony 73 years to the day from that on which de Gaulle made his historic appeal to the French people to fight on in a speech broadcast by the BBC on 18 June 1940.
Monsieur Anfré said:
I am delighted to be awarding Flight Lieutenant Abson the Cross of Military Valour with Bronze Star. This prestigious decoration was created in 1956 to honour individual defence personnel who have accomplished brilliant feats outside national territory in overseas missions and operations.
In 2011, Flight Lieutenant Abson took part in the Libya campaign. It was his feat of arms during this campaign which has earned him this decoration today. It is a pleasure and honour for me to award him this insignia, which testifies to the gratitude of the French Republic, which he served with courage.

Flight Lieutenant Ian Abson in a French Air Force Mirage 2000D over Afghanistan (library image) [Picture: Senior Aircraftman Ben Tritta, Crown copyright]In the citation for the medal, Flight Lieutenant Abson’s French Air Force superiors praise his ‘superb military qualities’.
It goes on to say:
On 28th March, Flight Lieutenant Abson led a patrol of 4 Mirage 2000D and 2 Rafale aircraft with distinction. During a night-time bombing mission south of the Libyan capital, Tripoli, he successfully destroyed high priority enemy buildings with several laser-guided bombs while under intense threat from ground-to-air defences.
He further showed his skill on reconnaissance missions on the 14th and 17th June when he destroyed 6 Libyan military vehicles that were about to harm the civilian population.
Thanks to his great tenacity and remarkable determination under enemy fire he directly contributed to the success of the coalition forces.
Because of his courage, his sense of responsibility and his selfless acts, he should be held as an example for our nation and he merits the award of the Cross of Military Valour with Bronze Star.


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#3
A crab winning a frog gong on Arrse? Bon chance with that.

P.S. Well done to the Flight Lieutenant but why is he shaking hands with a member of the BNP?
 
#5
A French medal for bravery hey? Well you don't see many of those.
 
#12
So did the pilot who actually flew him there and hung around whilst Le Biggles pressed all his buttons get any sort of mention or just a slap on the back and a well done........
 
#16
notice no one has mentioned he was FAA for 15 years previously
 
#17
notice no one has mentioned he was FAA for 15 years previously
Probably because those harrier conspiracy nobheids on here who like to claim the FAA are God's gift to the combat flying world don't want to consider his success and tin-winning started coming when he stopped flying wokkas off big grey floating brothels, joined a decent flying service and strapped something fast and pointy on his back.
 
#18
Probably because those harrier conspiracy nobheids on here who like to claim the FAA are God's gift to the combat flying world don't want to consider his success and tin-winning started coming when he stopped flying wokkas off big grey floating brothels, joined a decent flying service and strapped something fast and pointy on his back.
Errmm...actually the times I went up in something fast and pointy (I would like to point out that it was faster and pointer than anything presently serving in HM's forces) I strapped to my ass.
 
#19
I believe this is the first time the first time this award has been given to someone going towards the enemy... admittedly due to a navigational error.
. Ha ha

After a little research it became apparent that the last time this medal was awarded was 1940 when Colonel Pepe Le Peu threw his revolver down and fled the Maginot Line. This caused an ND and the resulting shot ricocheted striking a Private J Meister of the German Army in the little finger.

Well done to the Flt Lt
 
#20
I'm sorry, but as much as I love CAS, how on earth does a fast jet jockey acquire a medal such as the Croix de la Valeur Militaire avec Etoile de Bronze , etc by bombing or strafing Afghans and Libyans? No bravery (above and beyond) there as far as I can see. But I'm always willing to stand corrected.
 

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