RAF man meets stars at ceremony

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A BOMB disposal expert from RAF Wittering attended a glittering awards ceremony alongside Prince William and David Beckham on Monday.

Chief Technician David Lowe, an Improvised Explosive Device disposal operator, was nominated as Outstanding Airman of the Year at The Sun’s Military Awards, also known as “The Millies”.

He met David Cameron at 10 Downing Street before going to the ceremony at London’s Imperial War Museum.

The award went to Fl Lt Michael Anderson, a Chinook pilot who braved mortar fire to rescue six Afghan children caught in a Taliban attack.

During his recent deployment to Afghanistan, Chief Tech Lowe attended nine incidents over a 10-day period, defusing 15 IEDs by hand.

He was given the Queen’s Gallantry Medal in September in recognition of his bravery in putting his own life on the line to clear roadside bombs to protect his colleagues. Fewer than 600 of these medals have ever been awarded.

Chief Tech Lowe, who comes from Stamford, serves with 5131 Bomb Disposal Squadron at RAF Wittering, which was deployed to the Nad e Ali district of Afghanistan in June, 2010.

His efforts made him the busiest bomb disposal expert on the six-month tour, saving dozens of lives.

Chief Tech Lowe was the first RAF serviceman not in the Royal Logistic Corps to pass the course needed to be a high threat IED operator.

RAF Wittering spokesman Tony Walsh said: “We are all very proud of him, he deserves this recognition.”

The ceremony was broadcast on ITV on Wednesday night.