Bad Penny kept turning up
Windsor Star, Letter published: Thursday, May
I want to thank The Windsor Star for covering the movement
of our City of Windsor Lancaster Memorial from Jackson Park
to Devonshire Mall for public display. It will continue on
to its new home at Windsor Airport on May 13. The Canadian
Historical Aircraft Association has reason to be thankful
for many blessings.
A recently published children's book has been written about
Windsor's own Bob Upcott and his Bad Penny crew. Titled,
A Bad Penny Always Comes Back, the book is an accurate account
of the first humanitarian flight which became Operation Manna.
It is a testimony to those heroic Bomber Command veterans
and their willingness to risk all in order to feed 3.5 million
Dutch citizens in the final days of the Second World War.
Profits from the book are shared between two charities, the
ALS Society of Ontario and the Canadian Historical Aircraft
In an effort to further raise community
awareness, we have chosen to honour Flying Officer Bob
Upcott by christening our Windsor Lancaster "Bad Penny." Mayor
Eddie Francis proclaimed the month of May Operation Manna
and the Liberation of Holland Month.
It is an honour to be allowed to preserve our city Lancaster,
tell the story of Operation Manna and celebrate the enduring
love between nations that exists between the Netherlands
and Canada. We are further committed to the concept that
by honouring one veteran you honour them all.
I encourage the public to tour Bad Penny at Devonshire Mall.
Memorabilia is available, including the book, A Bad Penny
Always Comes Back.
Again, I thank The Windsor Star for your continued coverage.
S. MICHAEL BEALE