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Honour for heroic North base airmen.

Heroic airmen from a Northumberland RAF base are to be honoured this week for their part in a daring North Sea rescue.

RAF Boulmer rescue helicopter captain, Flight Lieutenant Dieter Booth, and his winchman, Flight Lieutenant Andrew Shenton, will receive the Air Force Cross for airlifting a seriously ill man off a ship in mountainous winter seas.

The flyers, who are part of the station's highly respected 202 Squadron, are part of more than 80 UK servicemen and women who will be commended for their role in operations around the world, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, the former Yugoslavia and Sierra Leone.

It was on December 27 last year when their flight responded to a report of a seriously ill crewman aboard the oil rig support vessel Grampian City.

Faced with treacherous weather of 65-knot winds and severe turbulence, Flt Lt Booth managed to reach the vessel.

With outstanding skill and concentration, he manoeuvred the Sea King into position ( while avoiding the myriad of masts and cranes which posed a significant threat to the helicopter ( so that Flt Lt Shenton could rescue the sick man.
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Publication:The Journal (Newcastle, England)
Date:Sep 7, 2004
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