In 1955 Flight Lieutenant Robert Morgan and Leading Aircraftman Harry Waters were working with 439 Squadron at No. 1 Fighter Wing in Marville, France, one of a dozen fighter squadrons stationed in Europe at the time.
On July 21, an F-86 Sabre jet landed short of the runway and burst into flames. Morgan and Waters dropped what they were doing and raced toward the jet.
The pilot had a broken back and was barely conscious when the pair pulled him from the inferno.
Ammunition exploding around them, they climbed onto a wing, which had a partially filled fuel tank, intending to free the pilot.
But the canopy was stuck. Morgan used a rock in a futile attempt to break the glass, then used an axe provided by a fire truck that had arrived.
The pilot had a broken back and was barely consci...