Comrades unconscious, he carried on

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Comrades unconscious, he carried on

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Account of action for which Hedley Madgett was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. Citation states many successful operations including one to Oberhausen when some crew lost consciousness due to lack of oxygen but he completed operation successfully. On other occasions his aircraft was damaged but he continued attacks.

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1943-08-20

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IBCC Digital Archive

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NMadgettHR190610-26

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Abstract


[inserted] KENTISH MURCURY 20/8/43 [/inserted]

Comrades Unconscious, He Carried On.

Sergeant Hedley Robert Madgett, No 61 Squadron whose home in Sidcup, has just ben awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. Born in 1922 at Catford, he was a clerk prior to enlisting in 1940. He is now a pilot.

The airmen states the citation, has completed many successful sorties against strongly defended targets in Germany and Italy. On one occasion when detailed to attack Oberhausen, the bomb aimer, navigator and flight engineer lost consciousness owing to lack of oxygen Sgt. Madgett, with the remaining members of his crew, completed the mission successfully. On another occasion his aircraft was damaged by anti-aircraft fire during an attack but he continued, dropped the bombs and secured a photograph of the target area. On all his sorties in face of the heaviest fire this airman has displayed outstanding courage, cheerfulness and determination.

Citation

Kentish Times, “Comrades unconscious, he carried on,” IBCC Digital Archive, accessed December 8, 2021, https://ibccdigitalarchive.lincoln.ac.uk/omeka/collections/document/19027.

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