David NELSON George Medal Ex Royal Air Force.
Born 15 January 1915 to David and Margaret Nelson nee Gibson at 15 Isoline Street, Ballymacarret, County Down. Died 1 February 1997.
At rest in Movilla Cemetery Newtownards County Down, Northern Ireland.
Supplement to London Gazette dated 11 March 1941.
CENTRAL CHANCERY OF THE ORDERS OF KNIGHTHOOD.
St. James's Palace, S.W.I. 11th March, 1941.
The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the George Medal to: —
529107 Leading Aircraftman David Nelson. Royal Air Force.
In October, 1940, an aircraft crashed and burst into flames. The air gunner was thrown
clear and Leading Aircraftman Nelson shielded the air gunner's body with his own
from flying debris. Then, regardless of personal danger, he crawled underneath the
burning wreckage and dragged out the observer, who was seriously injured, and put
out his burning clothing. Undaunted by the explosion of the petrol tanks, verey lights,
and bullets, which were exploding in all directions, he displayed conspicuous bravery
in making repeated attempts to extricate the pilot, but failed owing to the intense heat and
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