A local Canadian Veteran of the Second World War who served in the Bomber Brigade was celebrated in a presentation by John Duncan, Member of Parliament for Vancouver Island North.
“The Bomber Command Bar recognizes the contributions and bravery of those who served in the air campaign that played such an important role for the Allied victory in the Second World War,” said Duncan, who was acting on behalf of the Julian Fantino, Minister of Veterans Affairs MP for Vancouver Island North. “Today I want to personally thank one of our local Veterans, Edward (Ted) Turner, who served in the Bomber Cammand and acknowledge his bravery and sacrifice.”
The Bomber Command Bar is awarded to Canadian Veterans who, regardless of rank or role, served a minimum of one day with Bomber Command between Sept. 3, 1939, and May 8, 1945 (Victory in Europe Day).
Recognizing that the successes of Bomber Command started on the ground and finished in the air over Fortress Europe, all Canadian Bomber Command Veterans who earned the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM), regardless of rank or role, are eligible for the honour.
This bar honours the Canadian airmen who fought for peace, freedom and democracy through their service in Bomber Command, and in particular the approximately 10,000 who made the ultimate sacrifice. Second World War Veterans who served with Bomber Command or their next of kin can apply for a new honour. The bar can be attached to the ribbon of the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (CVSM). It was unveiled by the Government of Canada in April 2013.
How to make a request:
Visit veterans.gc.ca to fill out and submit your application form. You can find the form by going to the website and searching for the “Canadians in Bomber Command” feature or by typing veterans.gc.ca/eng/collections/cmdp/bomber into your web browser. To get an application form by mail, call 1-866-522-2122.