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RAF Hercules pilot awarded Air Force Cross

Royal Air Force C-130J Hercules pilot, Squadron Leader Bindloss-Gibb, has been awarded an Air Force Cross at Windsor Castle.

Image shows RAF Hercules taxiing onto the airfield with RAF aviator directing.

This has been awarded for the actions he and his crew took during Operation PITTING, when evacuating Afghan and UK personnel from Kabul Airport under highly challenging circumstances.

Image shows inside of cargo hold of RAF Hercules with RAF aviators and Afghan evacuees.

After receiving his award from His Royal Highness, The Prince of Wales, Squadron Leader Bindloss-Gibb said:

I am humbled and honoured to accept this award on behalf of my crew for our actions on Operation PITTING last year. For all of us, the Operation represented a test of the skills we had practised in exercises and training routinely but PITTING was far from ordinary. The crew worked tirelessly under demanding conditions and I am extremely proud to have been part of that Royal Air Force contribution. This award is recognition of the crew, 47 Squadron and the Royal Air Force’s Air Mobility Force’s continued ability to deliver when it counts.

Squadron Leader Bindloss-Gibb

Image shows RAF aviator holding his medal outside Windsor Castle..

The citation for the medal award stated that through his highly professional actions he undoubtedly saved many lives and protected his crew from the hazards of the operation.

Image shows RAF Hercules on the airfield

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