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CAN YOU HELP RIGHT A WRONG?

Forces War Records would like to ask you consider signing a petition to the Government, to award a Victoria Cross Medal to a very brave D-Day pilot who was recommended for the highest military decoration for valour “in the face of the enemy”, but refused by the Air Ministry. 

On 5 - 6th June 1944 (D-Day), Flying Officer Harvey Edgar Jones (RCAF) was Captain of a Dakota of 233 Squadron as part of Operation TONGA (the first wave of paratrooper drops). The aircraft was hit by Anti-Aircraft flak, setting it on fire. Jones flew on until the drop was completed and remained with the aircraft until all crew had safely bailed out, dying himself when it crashed.

He was recommended for a Victoria Cross by the Station Commander, by No 46 Group & by AOC Transport Command, but denied it by the Air Ministry. He received a Mention in Dispatches. "Jones deliberately sacrificed his life to carry out his orders and to ensure the safety of his crew" (from the VC recommendation statement)

With the 70th anniversary fast approaching, it is high time to rectify this mistake and posthumously award this hero a Victoria Cross.

The petition can be signed by people who are either British Citizens and/or normally resident in the UK, and can be found at

http://e-petitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/64215

Anyone who is not a British Citizen/Resident can sign a petition for the same thing here: http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/ministry-of-defence-award-a-victoria-cross-to-flight-officer-harvey-jones

I would be grateful if you all could help to correct this grievous mistake!

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Find out more with Forces War Records... Do you know enough about your ancestors who fought in the Second World War? Why not log on to Forces War Records and find out more  - there could be a war hero in your family just waiting to be discovered, and remembered... Why not delve into our ‘historic documents’ library and read some of the interesting War diaries that we get sent - there’s nothing quite like reading a personal account of war, as history unfolds itself through the eyes of somebody who was actually there. Forces War Records are fortunate to receive such amazing real life war stories involving lashings of courage, and now you can read some of them - completely free of charge. Discover interesting facts about your ancestors, become more knowledgeable about history, and reveal some of the fantastic characters involved in war...What are you waiting for?

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