War Hero Receives Overdue Medal

Flight Lieutenant John Cruickshank (Retd) who is 103 years old is the sole surviving holder of  the Victoria Cross from World War 2. He lives in Aberdeen and is often visited by an old friend and Foundation Trustee, Gp Capt Bob Kemp.  On one of his visits, Bob noticed that John’s impressive list of medals did not include the Air Efficiency Award (AE). As John had joined the RAF as an RAFVR entrant in 1942 and served until 1946, Bob felt that he should have qualified for the Award. Bob thereupon applied for it on John’s behalf. Unfortunately, the application was rejected on a number of rather questionable counts which Bob contested. His appeal was upheld, and John was awarded one of the only two remaining AE Award medals bearing the image of King George VI.

Bob presented the Medal to a delighted John at John’s home on 18 March 2024. The addition of this medal to John’s many honours and awards clearly distinguishes him as one of the many thousands of reservists who have given so much in the service of this country.

John Cruickshank being presented with his AE Medal by Bob Kemp

The event attracted much local and national media cover. The RAF News report can be seen here.

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