Have some courage, Mr Cameron
WITH reference to the article Clasp honour for World War II Bomber Boys.
For the record I served for 28 years in the Royal Navy – mostly as a submariner and during my service we fought and won the Cold War.
That service gives me a little insight into the suffering of men who fought and died on the Arctic convoys.
Those brave men richly deserve their medal which should have been awarded at the time.
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Also for the record, my late father WO CH Lees served as an air gunner on Lancasters. He served in 57 Squadron and 617 Squadron completing 36 raids between August 1944 and April 1945.
The Bomber Command Clasp would be a fine and fitting award for all the ground crew who served in Bomber Command.
But the air crew should have had their own medal at the time and should have their own medal now, ie the Bomber Command Star.
I do not believe that Churchill snubbed my father, I believe that he betrayed my father and all his comrades and that betrayal has gone on to this day having been perpetuated and endorsed by al Prime Ministers to date.
Now is the time to put this betrayal right while there are still a few of these gallant old gentleman alive.
Have some courage Mr Cameron, award these men their Star now.
It is a fact that politicians start wars not service personnel.
The service personnel have the job of sorting out the mess once the war has started.
War is a brutal thing, people get killed, innocent people get killed.
Bomber Command did not start the war, but they did fight it under the command and direction of the politicians (we live in a democracy where the service personnel do what the politicians tell them).
But let us not forget that even though Bomber Command did not start the war, they did help to finish it as soon as possible, thus saving millions of lives.