Air Crew Europe Star

This star was awarded for operational flying from UK bases over Europe and the UK for a period of minimal two months from September 3rd 1939 to June 4th 1944 and was reserved for RAF personnel only. Army personnel that were assigned to air crew duty had to be assigned for at least four months (120 days), of which at least a period of 60 days had to be operational. During these 60 days, at least one operational flight over the territory had to be made.
The Star was always awarded to airmen who were injured in action, irrespective of time served. Prisoners of war qualified for this star only when the 1939-1945 Campaign Star had been awarded previously. Service by air crews in maritime operations was not a qualification; POW's who managed to escape and return to the UK within the required two-month period after joining did not qualify either.

The badge is a six-pointed star with the Royal Cipher GRI-VI in the centre surmounted by a crown above the inscription: "Air Crew Europe Star". The reverse side is blank and the Star is issued unnamed. Many military had their name, with or without the rank engraved on the back. The medal measures 44 mm high and 38 mm wide.

Those qualifying for the Atlantic Star or the France and Germany Star after the "Air Crew Europe Star", received a clasp "ATLANTIC" or "FRANCE AND GERMANY" to be worn on the ribbon of the "Air Crew Europe Star". Only one clasp could be received. This because the RAF uniform regulations did not allow a simultaneously wearing of the "Air Crew Europe Star" with the "Atlantic Star" and/or the "France and Germany Star".

The ribbon, 1.25" wide is pale blue with black edges and a vertical narrow yellow stripe on side, black and blue representing the continuous night and day operations and yellow representing the searchlights. A silver rosette was worn on the ribbon bar when a clasp was received.
Conferment of this Star was suspended after D-day.

Allen, John Henry* June 17th, 1920
† September 21st, 1995

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Cagienard, Robert-Roland00-00-192025-04-1944 
Caldwell, Clive Robertson "Killer"28-07-191105-08-1994more 
Campling, Eric Frank Knowles01-08-192008-04-1944more 
Cappi, Ernst Thomson   
Carr-Lewty, Robet Albert06-07-191104-03-1994 
Carter, Robert Alfred Copsey15-09-191010-11-2012 
Carter, Thomas Christopher "Toby"27-12-1917 more 
Cartmell, James Henry18-09-192224-02-2017more 
Chalk, William Robert00-00-191300-00-1993 
Charles, Edward   
Charlton, Ronald Edmund00-09-1915 more 
Chase, Frederick John Alliston18-04-191018-04-1910 
Checketts, John Milne20-02-191221-04-2006more 
Chelmecki, Marian Stefan01-01-191601-01-1988more 
Chennell, Lionel Albert 00-00-1997 
Cheshire, Geoffrey Leonard07-09-191731-07-1992more 
Chojnacki, Wlodzimierz19-11-191402-10-2014more 
Clarke, Charles  more 
Clarke, Wallace Arthur   
Clayton, Gareth Thomas Butler13-11-191405-02-1992more 
Cochrane, Alfred William Gordon10-10-191629-10-1994more 
Cock, John Reynolds03-03-191829-08-1988 
Cockbain, Stephen Legh00-00-191614-01-1945 
Costello, John Aston05-04-1916  
Cowan, William James Henry   
Coyne, James Anthony Ignatius   
Cracknell, Douglas Aubrey09-12-190900-00-1979more 
Cranefield, Knivett Carton02-05-192217-09-2016 
Crawford-Compton, William Vernon02-03-191502-01-1988more 
Crookes, Arthur Norman23-12-192017-04-2012more 
Cross, Kenneth Brian Boyd "Bing"04-10-191118-06-2003more 
Cross, Philip Louis Ulrich01-05-191704-10-2013 
Cukr, Vaclav16-10-191314-10-1989more 
Cunningham, John "Cat's Eyes"27-07-191721-07-2002more 
Currant, Christopher Frederick "Bunny"14-12-191112-03-2006more 
Czernin, Manfred Maria Edmund Ralph Beckett18-01-191809-10-1962more 

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