Operational Medals.

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Royal Air Force. – in the House of Commons on 17th June 1942.

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Photo of Captain John McEwen Captain John McEwen , Berwickshire and Haddingtonshire

No praise can be too high for the superb gallantry and determination of our operational squadrons, but my right hon. Friend feels that the course suggested would not be in the best interests or traditions of the Service. It is doubtful whether the special distinction which would thus be conferred would be welcome to the officers and airmen concerned, since they know full well that many pilots and aircrews who are anxious to take part in operations must be employed on duties of a less spectacular kind which are nevertheless indispensable and call for high qualities of courage and skill. The proposal to distinguish between one type of service and another would react adversely upon the efficiency of the Royal Air Force as a whole.