Rather confused by this article. If standing atop a scramble net, looking important is an act of heroism, pray tell me why the gym queens in all three services haven't all been awarded a gong? Alternatively, perhaps the aircrew should consider themselves lucky that Phil resisted the urge to break out his harpoon in order to recover them.
Obviously a slow news day for the Torygraph, and how the hell is the BBC going to pad out 1/2 an hour on Radio 4 for this non-story?
I don't think that Phil the greek was blowing his own trumpet:
"It was routine. If you found somebody in the sea you go and pick them up. End of story, so to speak."
in a similar vein from this from today's Observer:
Salute those unsung heroes of the Holocaust
One of Britain's leading biographers marks this week's Holocaust Day by remembering the bravery of the individuals who dared to make a difference
Sunday January 22, 2006
From the first moment that Hitler came to power in Germany, individual Britons, among them Prince Philip and Winston Churchill's son, Randolph, did what they could to help Jews. Every decent act was a contribution to the ultimate sanity of the world and proof that evil need not go unchallenged. The idea that 'One Person Can Make a Difference' is the theme of this year's Holocaust Day, which falls each year on 27 January, coinciding with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.
Prince Philip, coming from school in Britain, was a new boy at a German school in 1934. Each new boy was given a 'helper' to guide him through the maze of rules and practices. Unknown to Philip, his helper was Jewish. One day, a group of boys at the school set upon the helper and, in a crude anti-Jewish gesture, cut off his hair. Philip was appalled. Then he remembered that he had brought with him from England his cricket cap. He offered it to his helper to cover his shaven and bleeding scalp. His gesture was appreciated. If only every schoolboy in Germany had been able to muster the courage - the spark of decency - to show sympathy with the victims: who then would the persecutors have been?