About Norman Jackson
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On the night of 26/27th April 1943, aboard a brand new Lancaster bomber, the target for Flt Engineer Jackson’s 30thsortie was the highly defended ball-bearing factory at Schweinfurt. Exiting the target, his aircraft was attacked by a German night fighter, setting the starboard fuel tank on fire. Jackson, already wounded, strapped on a parachute, grabbed a fire extinguisher and climbed out onto the wing in an astonishingly courageous attempt to fight the fire. Incredibly, he was partially successful but the enemy fighter returned and its gunfire raked across the wing hitting Jackson’s legs, and sweeping him off the wing. With the Lancaster now seriously damaged and on fire, the remaining crew baled out, all surviving. Meantime Jackson fell 20,000 feet, his burnt and holed parachute somehow saving his life, to spend the next 10 months in hospital as a POW. For his selfless bravery Norman Jackson was awarded the Victoria Cross.