Fi­nal push as bomber pe­ti­tion signs up 5,000

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE -

A WAR vet­eran’s on­line pe­ti­tion for recog­ni­tion has reached more than 5,000 sig­na­tures – half of his tar­get.

Theo Eaves, 93, flew 35 mis­sions in Welling­ton bombers dur­ing the Se­cond World War from Ital­ian air bases.

In 2013 the Govern­ment awarded the Bomber Com­mand Clasp to air­crew in­volved in raid across Western Europe in recog­ni­tion of their brav­ery and ser­vice, but the hon­our did not go to those who cov­ered Italy, Africa, the Middle East and the Far East.

In Oc­to­ber af­ter two years of cam­paign­ing to the Min­istry of De­fence by let­ter Theo, a grand­fa­ther of two fron Poyn­ton, took his bat­tle on­line.

So far he has amassed 5,146 sig­na­tures but he need 10,000 to get a for­mal re­sponse from Govern­ment and 100,000 to have the is­sue de­bated in Par­lia­ment.

He is now mak­ing one last push be­fore the pe­ti­tion ex­pires in five weeks.

Theo said: “We were act­ing to­gether in the same war. Just like other air­crew when we flew on mis­sions we never knew if we would re­turn. Half of us didn’t. It’s only fair that we get the same recog­ni­tion.”

Visit pe­ti­tion. par­lia­ment.uk/ pe­ti­tions/107432.

●● Theo Eaves

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