Ninety-two year old Gerald W Flower (Gerry as we know him) is a WW II veteran, POW survivor and life long member of the Royal Canadian Legion. Gerry held the rank of Sargent and was a Air Gunner with the 195 Lancaster Squadron based out of RAF Witchford in Cambridgeshire, England. Gerry’s Lancaster Bomber was shot down over Venray, Holland while returning from a successful mission participating in Operation Hamburg. After bailing out of the downed aircraft Gerry was captured and imprisoned in Stalag Luft Bankau-Kreuzberg near Upper Silesia in occupied Poland, assigned PoW No: 1139 and sat out the duration of the war as a allied prisoner.
After the war Gerry moved to Canada and over the years has held many positions as a member in the Royal Canadian Legion and enjoys the status of life membership in the organization. On Monday November 21st, 2016 Gerry was honoured at his home in Vancouver with a Minister of Veterans Affairs Certificate and Medal of Commendation presented by The Honourable Kent Hehr, MP, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence.
The event was well attended by both comrades from the Legion as well as Gerry’s immediate family including his daughter, son and son-in-law.
Gerry was decorated for his service as part of the RAF which included 1939-1945 Star for Operational Service, the France & Germany Star for Service in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany between D-Day (6 June 1944) and VE Day (8 May 1945), the War Medal for Minimum of 28 days service in WWII, The Unofficial Allied Prisoner of War Medal and the Defence Medal for 1080 days (3 years) service in the UK between 3 September 1939 and 8 May 1945.