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Day: June 27, 2022

Government MPs vote down attempt to create Victoria Cross review board
Defence Today, Front Lines

Government MPs vote down attempt to create Victoria Cross review board

Government MPs have voted down the proposed creation of a board to review historical combat actions, including those of Private Jess Larochelle, with an eye to recommending Victoria Crosses where warranted. Former Conservative leader Erin O’Toole drafted a detailed proposal after New Democrat MP Niki Ashton tabled a 14,129-name petition on May 19 urging the federal government to re-evaluate Larochelle’s decorated conduct in Afghanistan. The consent motion required unanimous support from all members of the House, after which O’Toole’s pitch for a military honours review board would have been debated and likely passed by a simple majority of MPs in the minority parliament. “All of the parties except the Liberals voted for it,” said a statement from the group Valour in the Presence o...
A banner day for RCAF fighters
Military History, Military Milestones

A banner day for RCAF fighters

This story by The Canadian Press was widely published in Canadian papers and eagerly read across the country 78 years ago by war-weary citizens hungry for good news from the front after the carnage of D-Day. RCAF Shoots Down 26 Enemy Planes in Normandy Between Dawn & Dusk By P.O. H. R. McDonald A Canadian Airfield in France June 29, 1944 (CP)--Canadian fighter planes, in one of the most brilliant achievements in the history of the R.C.A.F., shot down 26 out of a total of 34 enemy aircraft destroyed over the Normandy front between dawn and dusk yesterday. In addition, R.C.A.F. pilots chalked up a number of enemy planes probably shot down and a number of others which were damaged. Four pilots scored double kills. They were Wing Cmdr. J. E. (Johnny) Johnson, English-born commander...

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