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PUBLISHED: 10:35 07 March 2008 | UPDATED: 13:51 10 October 2012

Life-saving RAF helicopter pilot Michelle Goodman has become the first woman to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross

Flight Lieutenant Goodman rescued a wounded man last June when she flew into the Iraqi city of Basra. The man would have died within 15 minutes if he had not been rescued.

Goodman braved heavy fire and mortar rounds to save the man.

"Despite extreme pressure, whilst in the face of the enemy, she made the right decision," the Ministry of Defence (MOD) said in a statement.

The Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) is one of the highest level military decorations, after the Victoria Cross and Conspicuous Gallantry Cross.

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