Argentine Congress honored citizens which fought in WWII

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  • I am translating a new appeared in Infobae about an homage paid by the Argentine Congress to still living citizens who fought in WWII. Most of them are from British descent. This will be appreciated by the British members of this forum.

    The representatives at the Argentine Congress have honored several Argentinean born veterans of WWII who fought in WWII.

    They honored the Argentines who fought against the Nazis in World War II

    73 years after the end of the war, the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation distinguished 17 of the 5 thousand Argentines who joined the allied forces to fight against the Axis powers

    The event brought together ex-combatants and relatives

    There they are, sitting in the front rows dressed for the occasion. With emotion, they follow the development of the act and await their turn, their moment. Then yes, one by one they are approaching - alone or with help - in front of the Hall of the Lost Steps, in the Congress of the Nation, the chosen stage to honor them. There are 17 of the Argentine heroes who fought in the Second World War and who 73 years after the end of the war had their deserved recognition.

    During the global conflict that took place between 1939 and 1945, around 5 thousand Argentine volunteers joined the ranks of the allies. They served as state officers, artillerymen, formed part of covert and naval operations, among other tasks. Young people from all walks of life who traveled to the unknown and participated in all the battle fronts.

    Today, a few survive. Some of them, descendants of English, Welsh, Creole, were distinguished by the Chamber of Deputies of the Nation for their courage to offer their services and their lives to fight against the Axis powers.

    The initiative was promoted by the deputies of the Civic Coalition Lucila Lehmann, Marcela Campagnoli and Elisa Carrió. The appointment was attended by the owner of the lower house, Emilio Monzó and the president of the Foreign Relations Committee, Cornelia Schmidt Liermann.

    "The Argentine State took a long time to recognize them, I apologize for that, they had no doubts, they were not sent by the government, they were defending freedom, they knew very well what to do when the Argentine government was not clear about what role to take. They have been generous in offering their lives for a free world, "Lehmann said.

    "Compatriots, children of immigrant families, young people linked to the countryside, university students, professionals and employees, felt the call of duty in order to avoid the advance of the socialist regime, today we thank them for their commitment and collaboration so that we can live as free people" , Campagnoli deputy added.

    17 Argentine still living volunteers were honored.

    Next,the list of the heroes of that atrocious war that left between 50 and 70 million victims.

    Alan Ricardo Dickson

    He served in the British Navy. It was destined in the aircraft carrier HMS Warrior that was transferred to the Canadian Navy and that years later it would be bought by Argentina to be the first aircraft carrier of the national Navy (ARA Independencia).

    Eduardo Brook

    From Santa Fe, was an artilleryman in several merchant ships that crossed the Atlantic Ocean under the permanent stalking of the German submarines.

    Luis Cowes Pryor

    He served as an HMS Hunter carrier officer in the Indian Ocean campaign and was part of the Japanese surrender in Singapore. His brother Jerry, pilot of the Air Force, died in combat.

    Luis Cowes Pryor

    Cynthia Margarita Cheesman

    She joined the Female Auxiliary Air Force dependent on the Royal British Air Force, which would have more than 400 thousand volunteers in the Second World War.

    Ana Elisabeth Hume

    Member of the Territorial Auxiliary Force of the British Army. She was one of the many women who served on several fronts and in Britain as part of the anti-aircraft artillery command. They stood out as drivers of vehicles and ambulances.

    Maria Chapman

    He was born in Scotland. He was a cryptographer. He undertook decryption and encryption tasks and participated as ground support in the Normandy landings. He came to the country 71 years ago.

    Antonio Zabrowsky

    He was trained as a pilot in the RAF and was a navigator of the 307 night fighter squadron. He was born in Poland and settled in Argentina in 1951 after the communist government took away his Polish nationality.

    Carlos Alan Nixon

    Born in England, he served the British Royal Navy for two years. His sister also served and was killed in war in France.

    Stanley Rowland Coggan

    He worked as a bomber pilot in the Royal British Air Force and also as a flight instructor.

    Carlos Alan Nixon

    Peter Harrison

    Argentine volunteer who joined the British army in 1944. He achieved the rank of officer with the Royal Artillery Corps and participated in the last campaign against the Japanese forces in Southwest Asia. He returned to our country in the year 1947.

    Ian Leslie Pond Mac Donald
    He was born in Argentina. In 1943, when he was only 19, he left for the United Kingdom to enlist as a volunteer and served until the end of the war.

    Colin Andrew Mc Callum

    Argentine volunteer who joined the ranks of the British army as a private soldier. He reached the rank of officer and remained in the Force participating in operations against the enemy until the end of the war, time in which he returned to the country.

    Juan Campbell Shakespear

    Argentine volunteer He joined the British Royal Air Force in 1941. He attained the rank of flight lieutenant and as a pilot he participated in the completion of the campaign against Japan in Southwest Asia with the transportation squadron 46. He currently lives in Canada.

    The initiative was carried out by deputies Lucila Lehmann, Marcela Campagnoli and Elisa Carrió

    Ricardo José Moreno

    He joined the British Air Force in 1942. He was pilot of bombers and transport command. He flew liaison missions between Britain and recently liberated Europe. It reached the maximum degree of non-commissioned officer. Also in the present, he is based in Canada.

    Irma Ways

    He was born in Poland. After leaving a Russian concentration camp in the Arctic Circle, he crossed the entire Soviet territory to join the allied forces. He worked in intelligence tasks in the Middle East due to his knowledge of languages. At the end of the war he settled in Argentina and married another Polish officer becoming both Argentine citizens.

    Ronald David Scott

    After training as an aviator in Canada, he joined the 794 Squadron, already as an officer of the Navy. He participated in reconnaissance, training and shooting practice missions. He flew Tiger Moth aircraft, Blackburn Sea Skua, Miles Master and the Supermarine Spitfire.

    Ricardo Arendatz

    Born in Poland, at age 13 he joined the Polish resistance against the Nazi regime. By then his father was already in Argentina. It was part of the so-called Gray Columns, the resistance organization of boy scouts. Since he was 16 he lives in the country.

  • How wonderful that these still-living veterans of WWII have been recognized by Argentina. These brave men and women deserve our undying gratitude .

    Another well known, already died, was Harold Hyland. He fought in the RAF during the war, he returned to Argentina and was one of the good pilots of Aerolineas Argentinas. He was able to land with his DC3 plane in the middle of the Pampas, traveling from BA to Cordoba. No casualties at all. Then when he retired, founded a well known real estate business, especially in the Northern part of BA (Olivos, San Isidro). It is a pity that he was not inside the honored ones. But the company he founded is still managed by his sons.

  • It would be reassuring to know one’s pilot had his skill level. Military training is excellent precision training for pilots. Aerolineas Argentinas was fortunate to have him. And today’s pilots?

  • It would be reassuring to know one’s pilot had his skill level. Military training is excellent precision training for pilots. Aerolineas Argentinas was fortunate to have him. And today’s pilots?

    Today pilots of Aerolineas Argentinas are also very skilled. Most of them got its expertise because they came from the Argentine Air Force. They asked the retirement because of the low wages they had inside the Air Force, which now is almost in bankruptcy. They were pilots of Jet fighters and huge C 124 Hercules aircrafts, therefore they are able to guide any passenger jets. Indeed, Aerolineas has a very low level of accidents compared with other lines.

    As you might assume, now Argentina has no capacity for defense, anyway. The good new is that as far as I know, war hypothesis are almost none. We are too far from the hot places in the world.

    The bad new is that, despite the efforts of the current management, Aerolineas is running with deficit in his balance of payments and incomes. And worst, with the new low cost airlines like Norwegian.

  • We have enjoyed our Arolineas flights, and hope that the budget airlines don’t run them further into the ground. Are they still govt subsidized? Why do they consistently operate in the red?

  • We have enjoyed our Arolineas flights, and hope that the budget airlines don’t run them further into the ground. Are they still govt subsidized? Why do they consistently operate in the red?

    That is considered a question of "National prestige". many people think that every nation is obliged to run a National airline (Not the case of the United States). AA is still subsidized by the government, and is operating now.

    AA was the first latin american airline that put into service a Jet plane, the The Havilland Comet 4 in 1961. But as you know, jet passengers with a narrow fuselage were outdated with the innovation of the wide fuselage plane, as the Boeing 707 and all the subsequent series.