Medals for marines in Libya rescue

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Three marines who rescued an airman from RAF Lakenheath after his F-15 Strike Eagle crashed in Libya have been awarded the Air Medal with combat distinguishing Device.

Captain Erik Kolle, Captain David Potter and Sargeant Daniel Howington will receive the distinction on Monday in North Carolina, America.

Two airmen from RAF Lakenheath were in the F-15 fighter bomber when it crashed following an ‘equipment malfunction’ in March 2011.

The marines rescued Major Kenneth Harney who had ejected the aircraft in a Osprey vertical take-off aircraft.

The second airman Captain Tyler Stark, was rescued by Libyan rebels.