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Can we right a wrong....?

Postby phantomsteve » Mon May 12, 2014 4:16 am

If you are a member of the RAF Memorial Flight Club, you would have read about his in their Yearbook which came out last week.

Although I have no connection with the pilot, or his crew, or the squadron, when I read this story about this brave man, I thought that something had to be done, and so started a petition to the Government...

On 5th/6th June 1944 (D-Day), Flying Officer Harvey Edgar Jones (RCAF) was captain of a Dakota of 233 Squadron as part of Operation TONGA (the first wave of paratroop drops). The aircraft was hit by flak, setting it on fire. Jones flew on until the drop was completed and remained with the aircraft until all crew had bailed, dying himself when it crashed.

He was recommended for a Victoria Cross by the Station Commander, by No 46 Group & by AOC Transport Command, but denied it by the Air Ministry. He received a Mention in Dispatches.

"Jones deliberately sacrificed his life to carry out his orders and to ensure the safety of his crew" (from the VC recommendation statement)

On this 70th anniversary, it is high time to rectify this mistake and posthumously award this hero a VC.

If you are a UK resident and/or citizen, please would you consider signing the petition to the Government: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/64215

Whether you are a resident/citizen or not, if you could share it on Twitter/Facebook, or let other magazines, groups, forums, etc know, I'd be grateful!

Thanks

Steve
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Re: Can we right a wrong....?

Postby grandma » Mon May 12, 2014 5:44 am

Signed & shared on my FB page. Thank you Steve for bringing this to our attention. We use the word 'Hero' all too easily these days, this chap is certainly worthy of the accolade.


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