Veterans claim victory - Canadian War Museum to change wording on controversial Bomber Command Plaque



    OTTAWA, Aug. 28 /CNW Telbec/ - Cliff Chadderton, Chairman of the National
Council of Veteran Associations, stated today that, if a report to the effect
that the Canadian War Museum will change the wording on a text panel
concerning the effect of Bomber Command in World War II is correct, the
Directors of the Canadian Museum of Civilization Corporation should be
congratulated.
    The report was published in today's Ottawa Citizen. It stated that the
Canadian War Museum would "adjust" its controversial Bomber Command exhibit to
show greater "respect" to Canadian war veterans involved in the Second World
War bombing of Germany.
    Chadderton said that a change in the wording of a controversial panel
would be "better late than never" if an amendment corrects the current version
which has been interpreted by the Bomber Command Association as branding
Canadian air crews as "war criminals" for indiscriminate bombing of German
cities.
    Chadderton stated that the damage done to the reputation of the crews of
Bomber Command by the existing panel is a matter of regret. It is necessary
now that veterans mount a campaign to re-educate the public so that the
10,000 Canadians who lost their lives in Bomber Command "did not die in vain."
    "Those responsible for the War Museum must have realized that the
controversial text panel, which indicated that Bomber Command's aim was to
crush civilian morale by destroying its cities was seen as demeaning to the
RCAF air crews," Chadderton said.
    He referred to a well-known comment by Air Marshal Sir John Slessor,
Chief of Staff of the Royal Air Force, who had congratulated the young
Canadians for a campaign which he saw as being equal to the World War I battle
of the Canadian Corps at Vimy Ridge.




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