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  • Name: Oliver Campbell BRYSON
  • D.O.B: 18th Aug, 1896
  • D.O.A: 15th Mar, 1917
  • D.O.D: 27th Mar, 1977
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Lieutenant, No 51 Squadron, Royal Flying Corps
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Wye Aerodrome, Kent 15 March 1917

15 March 1917

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Wye is about four miles north-east of Ashford, Kent. Lieutenant O C Bryson was awarded the Albert Medal for his rescue of his passenger, Second Lieutenant F E Hillebrandt, from the burning wreckage of their plane after it crashed at Wye Aerodrome on 15 March 1917.


 The KING was pleased, at Buckingham Palace, on Wednesday, the 9th instant, to present to Captain Oliver Campbell Bryson, Flight Commander, Royal Flying Corps, the Albert Medal, which was awarded by His Majesty in recognition of his gallantry in endeavouring to save life in March last. The circumstances are as follows:– On the 15th March, 1917, Captain (then Lieutenant, Bryson, with Second Lieutenant Hillebrandt as passenger, was piloting an aeroplane at Wye Aerodrome when, owing to a sideslip, the machine crashed to the ground and burst into flames. On disentangling himself from the burning wreckage Captain Bryson at once went back into the flames, dragged Lieutenant Hillebrandt from the machine, and, notwithstanding his own injuries, which were undoubtedly aggravated by his gallant efforts to rescue his brother officer from the fire, endeavoured to extinguish the fire on Lieutenant Hillebrandt’s clothing. Lieutenant Hillebrandt succumbed to his injuries a few days later. 

The London Gazette of 11 January 1918, Numb. 30472, p. 732

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