William H.A. Willbond MSM, CD

COLONEL MIKE DRAPEAU – THE SOLDIER’S FRIEND

Colonel Mike’s a guy I really like
Because he fights the status quo
He helped this vet and you can bet
Wenzel will receive his deserved dough

Guess it is about time I made a wee rhyme
To honour our Colonel Drapeau
Matt Stopford and the other guys
Have been cleared now too, you know!

WAR HERO FINALLY GETS HIS DUE

Bomber pilot to receive more than $1 million to right pension injustice

Peter Worthington
Peter Worthington
By PETER WORTHINGTON, Toronto Sun
July 24, 2006

An injustice committed 45 years ago to a wartime air force hero was finally corrected on Friday.

Defence Minister Gordon O’Connor phoned highly decorated World War II bomber pilot Cliff Wenzel of Brampton and told him $1,136,000 was to be awarded to him, to atone for denying him a reduced pension in 1961 because it was “not in the public interest.”

For 40 years Wenzel’s appeals were ignored or overruled, until retired Col. Michel Drapeau, now a lawyer with the Ottawa law firm of Barrick Poulsen, took his case.

Military Ombudsman Yves Cote also sided with Wenzel and his investigation found a great injustice had been done.