Bill – I don’t usually take issue with you but I don’t think that the George Cross is equivalent to the VC. The VC is for in action and the George Cross is for something outstanding not in the face of action. I say that because I knew Air Commodore Ross and his wife very well and said to him one night when I was at Staff College in the Fort Frontenac Mess that it was the equivalent and he jumped all over me. A few nights later when Commodores in the RCAF were to be called Brigadier-Generals and said I guess I can call you Brigadier-General from now on. He replied that as far as you are concerned SMITH I will always be Air Commodore Ross. I never called him Brigadier-General again.

S103  Harky Smith