WWII Airman Recipient of France’s Legion of Honour

WWII Airman Recipient of France’s Legion of Honour

Posted on May 5 by Kyle in News
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A Canadian veteran of the Second World War has been awarded France’s highest military and civic order of merit, the Legion of Honour. Murray Peden was presented with the Legion of Honour as a member of the aircrew who flew supplies to the French Forces of the Resistance.

Murray Peden was a Bomber Command pilot in World War II, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service. The Manitoba native enlisted in spring of 1941 and completed his training under the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Peden’s autobiography of his experiences as a bomber pilot, A Thousand Shall Fall, has been hailed as one of the finest war memoirs ever written.

The Legion of Honour was established in 1803 by Napolean Bonaparte and is awarded by the Government of France for excellent military or civic conduct. Murray Peden was presented with the award in February 2017.