Poynton RAF War Veteran refused medal seeks support from residents
Mr Theo Eaves, who completed 35 operations on Wellington bombers with 142 squadron, is campaigning against a decision by the MOD to refuse to award the Clasp to RAF Bomber Command veterans who flew missions over Europe from outside the UK.
Despite attacking many of the same targets and facing the same risks as aircrews stationed in the UK (a criteria to qualify for the medal) Theo was based in Italy and he, like his fellow surviving veterans and the families of those courageous airmen who were killed, will not receive the recognition they deserve.
Macclesfield MP David Rutley has already met with the Minister of State, Earl Howe, who is responsible for medallic recognition, to discuss the awarding of the Bomber Command Clasp, following the launch of the petition.
"Mr Eaves demonstrated the greatest courage in the line of duty during the second World War. His log book shows the very challenging missions that he was involved in, and I am pleased that Earl Howe has offered to look more closely into Mr Eaves’ case. It is important that his bravery should be properly recognised."
More details about David Rutley's meeting with Earl Howe can be found on the MP's website here.