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Penticton war vet honoured by France

Retired RCAF Flight Lt. Lance "Lou" Benton received the French Medal of Honour at a ceremony in Penticton on Friday, July 24, 2015.
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July 28, 2015 - 11:30 AM

PENTICTON - A Penticton Second World War vet was recognized for his service by the French government at a ceremony of the Royal Canadian Air Force Wing in Penticton.

Retired RCAF Flight Lt. Lance "Lou" Benton received the French Medal of Honour during the ceremony on July 24. Benson was recognized by the French government for his exceptional service while serving as a tail gunner, in addition to his contribution to D-Day, June 6, 1944.

During RCAF bomber command duty, Benson served in a mission over Emden, Germany, where he was wounded after the Halifax heavy bomber he was in was struck 93 times by enemy fire.

Benson crewed for 33 missions in Europe after joining the RCAF in 1941 at age 17.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Steve Arstad at sarstad@infonews.ca or call 250-488-3065. To contact the editor, email mjones@infonews.ca or call 250-718-2724.

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