Sergeant John Hannah 18 Year Old VC (Victoria Cross) In His Gun Cock Pit On 15 S ...
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Description: Sergeant John Hannah 18 year old VC (Victoria Cross) in his gun cock pit On 15 September 1940 over Antwerp, Belgium, after a successful attack on German barges, the Handley Page Hampden bomber in which Sergeant Hannah was wireless operator/air gunner, was subjected to intense anti-aircraft fire, starting a fire which spread quickly. The rear gunner and navigator had to bail out but Sergeant Hannah remained to fight the fire, first with two extinguishers and then with his bare hands. He sustained terrible injuries, but succeeded in putting out the fire and the pilot was able to bring the almost wrecked aircraft back safely.
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