About LMF

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    The challenges facing the young aircrew often seemed overwhelming, and they were highly vulnerable to physical and mental symptoms of stress. Two common denominators of stress was identified as showing up in the first five operations flown, combined with the matter-of-fact acceptance of sudden death. Jack faced this expression of his feelings toward a violent sudden death after his third operation, when two of his crew were killed in action, one wounded, and his aircraft was shot up, set on fire and he had to make a crash landing at base. The death of his two crew members was particularly hard on Jack as he knew it was inevitable, he would never live to complete his 30 operations or see Canada again. Jack was well aware of the consequences of being convicted of the Lack of Moral Fibre designation, issued in 1941, and employed against aircrew who could not fly for reasons considered unjustified. These airmen were grounded, stripped of all rank badges in front of all squadron members in a parade square ceremony. The Canadian was then dishonorably discharged and returned to Canada disgraced to all.

    This threat became the most powerful incentive that powered Jack to continue his combat operations. While many Canadian RCAF aircrews turned to booze and party drunkenness to battle their stress, Jack was not a drinker and turned to the squadron Padre to express his feelings and challenges. On 1 May 1943, the C.O. Wing Commander Merv Fleming, the squadron padre, and Jack had a long talk about life, death, and real wartime aviation situations.

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