Black Thursday and Sidney Mathews

Sidney Mathews was a flight mechanic for JB176-OF-K, the aircraft of the Thackway crew. On Black Thursday, he went to Cambridge to see his wife, against Standing Orders, and on his return to base in the early hours of the morning was witness to the crash of the aircraft which he had serviced before the Berlin operation. For his bravery in dragging crew members from the blazing wreck of the aircraft, he was awarded the British Empire Medal.