Flt Lt Wyatt Awarded DFC
Flight Lieutenant Gez Wyatt serving on 27 Sqn, RAF Odiham, was awarded a DFC for his actions as a captain of a high readiness Chinook, that was scrambled to recover a military casualty with a life-threatening gunshot wound to the neck.
Putting the needs of the casualty above his own safety, he elected to keep the aircraft on the ground long enough to recover the injured soldier, despite continuous incoming small arms fire.
During the attack the aircraft had sustained significant damage, losing critical radio and electrical services, and a significant oil leak had begun from the rear transmission. The aircraft began to vibrate, making handling difficult. With no further options, he transmitted a mayday distress call and landed in the desert whilst he still had control of the aircraft before directing his crew to cross load casualties and the remainder of the MERT to a supporting helicopter.
Flt Lt Wyatt chose to remain with the aircraft to erase critical mission information and remove sensitive equipment before being recovered by a third aircraft ten minutes later. Wyatt’s selfless actions undoubtedly led to the saving of the casualties’ lives and he was praised for his professional performance under persistent enemy fire and his outstanding bravery and airmanship.