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Day: June 14, 2022

War’s first casualty: Russian forces target journalists in Ukraine
Defence Today, Front Lines

War’s first casualty: Russian forces target journalists in Ukraine

Ukraine’s culture minister says 32 journalists have been killed since Russian forces invaded the country on Feb. 24, more than half the number who lost their lives while performing their jobs worldwide in 2021. Culture and Information Policy Minister Oleksandr Tkachenko made the announcement on June 6, Ukraine’s national Journalist’s Day. It came 103 days into the fighting. “This year’s Journalist’s Day has a special taste of bitterness,” said Tkachenko. “The fourth month of a full-scale war—and we lost 32 journalists. In eight years of war we lost even more. Eternal memory to our fighters of the advanced information front.” The rolling figure threatens to exceed last year’s total as compiled by the International Press Institute “Death Watch,” pegged at 45 journalists killed on th...
A daring aerial rescue at sea
Military History, Military Milestones

A daring aerial rescue at sea

On June 16, 1943, Nazi aircraft downed a British Typhoon in the Strait of Dover, off Cap Gris-Nez in France. Flight Lieutenant John A. Spence of Guelph, Ont., was sent to the rescue in his Walrus aircraft. Spence had joined No. 277 Squadron two years earlier. He was an experienced pilot with 73 sorties in Lysander and Defiant aircraft. He had been awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross after he was attacked by a German fighter during a rescue in December 1942. That sortie had taken him to within five miles of Le Tréport, France, where he landed and picked up a Canadian pilot who had been shot down three hours earlier, notes his citation. He then took off and returned safely to base. “The visibility was deteriorating fast,” said Spence's citation, “but he succeeded in a rescu...

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