Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Honored Allies Wednesday: Eric J. B. Nicolson (United Kingdom)

"During an engagement with the enemy near Southampton on 16th August 1940, Flight Lieutenant Nicolson's aircraft was hit by four cannon shells, two of which wounded him whilst another set fire to the gravity tank.  When about to abandon his aircraft owing to flames in the cockpit he sighted an enemy fighter.  This he attacked and shot down, although as a result of staying in his burning aircraft he sustained serious burns to his hands, face, neck and legs.  Flight Lieutenant Nicolson has always displayed great enthusiasm for air fighting and this incident shows that he possesses courage and determination of a high order.  By continuing to engage the enemy after he had been wounded and his aircraft set on fire, he displayed exceptional gallantry and disregard for the safety of his own life."
From Flt Lt Nicolson's Victoria Cross citation, awarded on 15 November 1940.
May you be at peace,
Eurofighter Typhoon ZK349 painted in memory of Nicolson's aircraft.

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