ANAVETS Shoulder to Shoulder

May 2019

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Organised by Bomber Base Tours, the trip will take in eight bases and will include visits to memorial centres around the county and to the recently opened International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln. The tour leader, John Price, is the son of the late Squadron Leader Gordon Price, who flew with Wing Commander Guy Gibson's 617 squadron as well as a number of other squadrons based in Lincolnshire during the war. "Going back to visit these bases will be particularly poignant for me as my father spent the formative years of his young life flying on missions across Europe from these airfields, never knowing if he would return," says John. Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson was the first Commanding Officer of No. 617 Squadron, which he led in the "Dam Busters" raid in 1943, resulting in the destruction of two large dams in the Ruhr area of Germany. He was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces, in the aftermath of the raid in May 1943 and became the most highly decorated British serviceman at that time. 617 Squadron trained intensively for several weeks in low level, night flying and navigation. To successfully destroy the dams the Lancasters had to release the bouncing bomb at right-angles to the dam wall, from an altitude of 60 feet, at a speed of 220 mph, between 425 and 475 yards.The tour is based in Lincoln and guests will travel daily to the different sites around the county. "Whilst researching the tour I have been very surprised to find how strongly the memories and events of this critical time still resonate with so many people, young and old from both the UK and overseas. I hope our guests will take away a lasting experience of this historic time," said Price. For more information, contact John Price bomberbasetours@gmail.com SHOULDER TO SHOULDER 13 Introducing the New Minister of Veterans' Affairs The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay The Honourable Lawrence MacAulay was first elected to the House of Commons on November 21, 1988 to represent Cardigan, and won his ninth consecutive election in October 2015. Minister MacAulay is proud to say he's gone from serving the women and men who put food on our tables to serving the women and men who defend our freedom. He is committed to his new role and engaging with Veterans and their families all across Canada. Steadfast in his support of the Veteran community, he is confident that Pension for Life will provide greater recognition, income support and overall stability to Canadian Armed Forces members and Veterans who are living with a service-related injury or illness. He plans to work very hard to ensure Pension for Life is rolled out successfully and that CAF members have the support they need as they transition from their military careers to civilian life. Minister MacAulay's Cabinet appointments have included Solicitor General of Canada, Minister of Labour, Secretary of State (Veterans), and Secretary of State (Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency). He has served as Critic for Fisheries and Oceans and Seniors. In addition, he was Vice Chair of the House of Commons Standing Committee on Fisheries and Oceans. From 2015 until March of 2019, he served as Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food. He currently serves as the Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence. Minister MacAulay was born in St. Peter's Bay, Prince Edward Island. Previously a farmer and businessman, he and his wife, Frances, have three daughters: Carolyn, Rita and Lynn. Having served as the Secretary of State for Veterans Affairs 22 years ago, Minister MacAulay is excited to return and believes there is no greater honour in Canadian public life than serving the Veterans of this country who make our country what it is today.

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