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A SUPERB AND RARE SOUTH ARABIA A653 SQUADRON ARMY AIR CORPS AND SULTAN OF OMAN’S FORCES HELICOPTER PILOTS AFC RECOMMENDED QUEEN’S COMMENDATION FOR VALUABLE SERVICES IN THE AIR FOR ‘INCREDIBLE FEAT OF NAVIGATION AND AIRMANSHIP’ WHILST EVACUATING WOUNDED IN SOUTH ARABIA IN 1965 AND ADDITIONALLY MADE A MEMBER OF THE ORDER OF SOUTH ARABIA

DEFENCE AND WAR MEDALS 1939-45; GENERAL SERVICE 1918-62, 1 CLASP, PALESTINE 1945-48 ‘1931109 S. SJT. T. M. OGSTON, A.A.C.’; GENERAL SERVICE 1962-2007, 1 CLASP, SOUTH ARABIA, WITH Q.C.V.S.A. EMBLEM ‘CAPT. T. M. OGSTON, AAC.’; OMANI GENERAL SERVICE MEDAL, CLASP, DHOFAR (2) SULTAN SAID ISSUE; ANOTHER, SULTAN QABOOS ISSUE; AS SUMOOD MEDAL

Q.C.V.S.A. London Gazette 8 October 1965. The original recommendation - for an A.F.C. - states:

‘As the Squadron Helicopter Instructor Lieutenant Ogston has consistently set an outstanding example to the other pilots by his exceptional skill, determination and bravery.

Twice recently he has made perilous trips under adverse conditions in order to evacuate to hospital grievously injured casualties.

On the night of 21 February 1965 Lieutenant Ogston was the pilot of a helicopter which was sent to evacuate an Arab of the Federal National Guard who had been badly injured in an ambush. The 80 mile return journey was made in complete darkness entailing landing among the mountains at Habilayn by the light of vehicle headlights.

On the night of 12 April 1965 Lieutenant Ogston was again the pilot of a helicopter which went to evacuate two British Territorial Army soldiers who had been critically injured in an attack on their camp at Al Milah. It was imperative that they be moved to hospital without delay. After a 30 mile journey in the dark above a layer of cloud, Ogston located the camp and descended through a hole in the cloud to land by the light of hand torches.

The accomplishment of such a journey was an incredible feat of navigation and airmanship made possible only by the pilot's skill and complete disregard for his own safety.

By his bravery he has saved three lives and given an immense boost to the morale of the comrades of the injured.’

For these services Ogston was also appointed Member of the Order of South Arabia on 17 February 1966 (see note on Awarded the this medal)

Thomas Matthew Ogston was born at Stratfield-Saye, Basingstoke, Hampshire in June 1925 and originally enlisted in the Royal Engineers as a boy recruit in June 1939 (age 14). … SEE FULL WRITE UP.

Note: Ogston’s Order of South Arabia is not present with the group. However research (included), shows due to the recommendation date and imminent withdrawal of British Forces from the region, Ogston may not even have been presented with the medal itself.(copy of Award document with research).

Condition GVF. A superb group, sold with a great deal of research including very detailed service records. GSM entitlement is confirmed, and copy AFC/ Order of South Arabia recommendations included. Group really needs a great deal more research on his overseas service. Ex DNW 2011.

Code J2314        Price £3895