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Appreciation for Bomber Command

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Appreciation for Bomber Command

I think, at that time, people appreciated what Bomber Command was doing. When you’d go to London on leave with your brevet up they knew right away it was a gunner or that you were probably part of Bomber Command and just the appreciation that was shown. When you flew and you saw the thousands upon thousands of shells being fired, the absolute number of German soldiers and people that were involved in the protection of their cities from Bomber Command. If Bomber Command hadn’t existed or hadn’t existed in the size that it was, there are thousands of soldiers who would have been fighting on the two fronts, on the Russian front or other front and could have possibly made a difference in the war. The war wasn’t all one-sided at the end, it was still hanging in balance and my feeling that Bomber Command by drawing all those people to the defence of the country itself rather than fighting on the ground made a big difference in the war.

Mr. Heather expresses the pride he has for Bomber Command and his belief that they made a positive contribution to the war time effort.

Stan Heather

Stanley (Stan) Heather was born in Toronto, Ontario, on June 5, 1923. He began his military service on February 27, 1941, at the Galt Aircraft School as an airframe mechanic trainee and then joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at the manning depot in Toronto as an AC2 (Aircraftman, 2nd class) mechanic in July of that same year. He flew as an air gunner with Royal Air Force 78 Squadron at Breighton, Yorkshire, England. At the end of the war, he had achieved the rank of flying officer, and returned to Toronto to pursue his education in Accounting while working for the Dominion Bank. He worked for the Chrysler Corporation as an accountant, for Dale Carnegie Courses as a sponsor in the West Indies (for 15 years), and for the Mississauga Board of Trade as its general manager. In 1985, he co-founded Heather Child Care Supplies Ltd. with his wife, Hassina which they still operate together. Mr. Heather is a proud father of five, grandfather and great-grandfather.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
June 2, 2013
Person Interviewed:
Stan Heather
War, Conflict or Mission:
Second World War
Air Force
RAF 78 Squadron
Mid Upper / Tail Gunner

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