FALCONAR, Oswald Bernard

Rank: 
Colour Sergeant
Unit/Base: 
Regiment/Corps: 
Royal Marines
Service: 
Royal Navy
Service numbers: 
PLY/X 1048
Honours & Awards: 
Colour Sergeant Oswald Falconar was awarded the George Medal for his bravery in rescuing a commando from a burning aircraft at Luqa airfield Malta. 
 
Citation
An aircraft, carrying part of 40 Commando, Royal Marines crashed in taking off at Luqa, Malta, on 17th May, 1953. The moment the aircraft came to rest, flames swept in through the open door and in a moment the aircraft was full of fire and smoke. Colour Sergeant Falconar was battling his way out when he heard a man cry out that he could not undo his safety belt. In this moment of terror, when seconds stood between life and death, Colour Sergeant Falconar went back and released the man's safety belt, thus undoubtedly saving his life. When both were clear of the aircraft, Colour Sergeant Falconar, in spite of his burnt hands, helped the man to tear off his burning clothing [1].
 
The plane was carrying twenty one commandos to the Suez Canal Zone [2].
 
Two commandos died as a result of this crash.
Marine Derek Burtenshaw.
Marine Ronald Don.
 
Sources
[1] London Gazette 39976, page 5285.
[2] Report in the Dundee Courier and Advertiser 18 May 1953.
[2] British Newspaper Archive website.
 

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