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RAF's oldest fighter squadron personnel receive operational awards for their service during the fight against Da'esh

Royal Air Force personnel from 1(Fighter) Squadron who were deployed to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus last year have received an array of awards for their outstanding efforts on Operation SHADER.


Two pilots from 1(F) Squadron received formal recognition; Flight Lieutenant Thomas Hansford was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for his courage during a Close Air Support mission to support friendly forces and civilians under fire in a Da'esh stronghold. Squadron Leader (now Wing Commander) Chris Wright, was made a Member of the Most Excellent Order Of The British Empire (MBE) for facilitating the tactical proficiency of 1(F) Squadron, and for his outstanding performance in combat.

The Commanding Officer of 1(F) Squadron, Wing Commander Chris Hoyle, received the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service (QCVS) for his impeccable leadership. 

Wing Commander Chris Hoyle

 “The recognition the 1(F) Squadron has received is a reflection of the exceptional effort, dedication and fortitude that the whole team displayed during its five month operational deployment. The team’s hard work, talent and commitment paid-off and delivered a chapter befitting the Squadron’s rich history. It was my profound honour to have served my nation as part of such a capable, professional and spirited team.”

Wing Commander Chris Hoyle
Commanding Officer of 1(F) Squadron

The Senior Engineering Officer for the 1(F) deployment, Squadron Leader Robert South, was awarded the Joint Commanders Commendation (JCC) for leading his team of engineers to achieve unparalleled output. 

"It was an absolute privilege to serve on 1(F) Squadron as the Senior Engineer Officer; working within such a professional and motivated team, this has undoubtedly been the highlight of my Royal Air Force career to date."

Squadron Leader Robert South
Senior Engineering Officer for the 1(F) deployment