Pilot and nurse decorated for life-saving action in Afghanistan
An RAF emergency nurse who has helped evacuate more than 600 wounded from the battlefield and a helicopter pilot who braved heavy fire to save lives have been awarded medals in the latest round of military honours.
Maj Laura Nicholson of the Army Air Corps received the Distinguished Flying Cross for twice calmly taking her Chinook into heavy fire to pick up casualties, as bullets tore through the helicopter and wounded one of her crew.
Sqn Leader Charlotte Thompson-Edgar received the Associate of the Royal Red Cross for life-saving heroism over six tours in Afghanistan. She is believed to have carried out more medical evacuation missions than any other British nurse and was at the forefront of developing medical care in the back of helicopter ambulances.