HALIFAX – A veteran of the Royal Canadian Air Force who flew as an air gunner in bomber missions on D-Day has been awarded the highest honour conferred by the French government.
92-year-old Russell Hubley of Halifax received his French Legion of Honour from that country’s consul general at a ceremony in the city today.
Bud Berntson, president of the 111 Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, says Hubley flew on a Lancaster that bombed German artillery during the invasion and later in the Normandy campaign.
He says Hubley flew 60 missions in the Second World War.
The French government is providing the prestigious honour to a number of surviving Canadian veterans who were nominated for their role in the liberation of France.
Berntson says Hubley became an engineer after the war and served as an officer in the Halifax Rifles reserve unit.