10th August 2014 at 18:43Last week Wg Cdr 'Tim' Elkington received the Ushakov medal from the Russian Ambassador at the Embassy in London.
This medal, honouring Admiral Ushakov, is awarded for meritorious Naval service to the Soviet Union. (The Admiral never lost a battle!)
Tim was involved in the supply of Hurricanes to Murmansk in 1941, flying off a Carrier to land on Soviet territory.
Full story elsewhere.
...And this is all after downing an Me109 in the Battle of Britain, being downed himself the next day, and a stint as escort for Atlantic Convoys again on the Hurricane.
What a man!
Seemingly forgotten in the depths of bureaucracy, a few gentle prods in the right direction made all this happen in less than two weeks.
With thanks to the British Defence Attache, his Staff and friends in UK.