A group claiming to represent more than 25,000 World War II veterans of the Canadian Bomber Command Aircrew has announced plans to file a $ C500 million ($ 400 million) class action lawsuit against the producers of docu series “The Valor and the Horror.”
The Bomber Harris Trust is seeking a nominal $ C1 in damages for each Aircrew member, with the remainder directed into various charities.
Don Elliot, secretary of the Bomber Harris Trust Fund, says veterans and their families are distraught over alleged inaccuracies in the docu, particularly insinuations “of war criminality on the part of the Allied Command, including (Winston) Churchill and (Dwight D.) Eisenhower.”
The group also is concerned about the production being seen outside Canada. Worldwide sales have been made to a handful of territories, including the U.K., Germany and Sweden.
But program producers are standing by the facts as presented in the show. The suit names pubcaster CBC, the National Film Board and individuals responsible for the production, including the writer/director team of Terence and Brian McKenna and Montreal producer Arnie Gelbart.
“They are asking for censorship. But it (the issue) is about people who have a debate around historical facts and should be fought in books or reviews, not in lawsuits,” said Galafilm’s Gelbart.