101-year-old honoured by Russian Government

101-year-old Joe Rawlings, from Carlisle, has been honoured by the Russian Government by being awarded the Ushakov Medal for courage and bravery.

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101-year-old honoured by Russian Government

Joe Rawlings, from Carlisle, is one of several men who have just been honoured by the Russian Government for the vital part he played serving in the infamous Arctic Convoys during World War Two.

Paul Crone went to meet the great man himself.

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The camaraderie 'kept us going'

Excerpt from Joe's diary. Credit: ITV Border

A 101-year-old WW2 veteran from Carlisle has said that the camaraderie on board ships kept them going.

Joe Rawlings served as an Air Directions Office on board HMS Activity. Joe was responsible for guiding allied planes as they hunted for German warplanes and U boats, as the Arctic Convoys made their way to the Soviet Union carrying vital supplies and ammunition.

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'In one day we downed 3 enemy planes and 6 U-boats'

The Ushakov Medal is awarded by the Russian Government forcourage and bravery. Credit: ITV Border

A 101-year-old WW2 veteran from Carlisle is 'honoured' to have received a medal from the Russian Government.

The Ushakov Medal is awarded by the Russian Government for courage and bravery.

Many British merchant seamen and Royal Navy personnel have been awarded the medal for the crucial role they played during the Second World War as convoys braved treacherous conditions in the Arctic Ocean.

Below, Joe explains that he understood the importance of the aims at the time:

Russian Government honours Carlisle WW2 veteran

Excerpt from Joe's diary. Credit: ITV Border
Joe Rawlings served on board the HMS Activity, pictured above. Credit: ITV Border

A 101-year-old war veteran, from Carlisle, is one of a number of former soldiers to receive a medal from the Russian Government.

Joe Rawlings served on board HMS Activity as an Air Directions Officer. Joe was responsible for guiding allied planes as they hunted for German warplanes and U boats, as the Arctic Convoys made their way to the Soviet Union carrying vital supplies and ammunition.

Excerpt from Joe's diary. Credit: ITV Border

Second World War Veteran receives Ushakov Medal

101-year-old Joe Rawlings from Carlisle has been honoured by the Russian Government by being awarded the Ushakov Medal for courage and bravery.

Joe served in the Royal Navy on an escort carrier, protecting merchant ships on the infamous Arctic Convoys during the Second World War.

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