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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Sayner, Arthur 15-10-1942 
Schaaf, Frank Ronald22-07-191518-04-1978more 
Schofield, Ronald25-09-192206-06-1998 
Scholes, Malcolm17-10-192411-11-2008 
Scitivaux de Greische, de, Charles Philippe11-11-191110-08-1986more 
Scott, Arthur  more 
Scott-Malden, Francis David Stephen26-12-191901-03-2000more 
Scruse, Stanley Warren00-00-192100-00-2003 
Searle, Robert David   
Shannon, David John27-05-192208-04-1993more 
Sharp, Jack Dennis   
Sidley, James Lee   
Simister, Norman William 08-05-1944 
Sinclair, Laurence Frank23-10-190814-05-2002more 
Sismore, Edward Barnes23-06-192122-03-2012more 
Skalski, Stanislaw27-11-191512-11-2004more 
Skelton, Alfred Fulford00-00-1914  
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Smith, Michael Charles Pulsford29-06-192410-08-2003 
Smythe, Derek Miles Altamont   
Snowdon, Ronald Arthur   
Sproule, John Alexander23-11-1917 more 
Stafford, Arthur Oswald 23-09-1943 
Stanford-Tuck, Roland Robert01-07-191605-05-1987more 
Staton, William Ernest27-08-189822-07-1983more 
Stehlik, Josef23-03-191530-05-1991more 
Stephens, John William 21-04-1952 
Stephens, Maurice Michael20-10-191923-09-2004more 
Stevens, Peter15-02-191916-07-1979 
Stewart, Ian Adam 06-10-1942 
Stone, Cedric Arthur Cuthbert "Bunny"08-12-191600-07-1990more 
Stones, Donald William Alfred "Dimsie"19-06-191122-10-2002more 
Stretton, Maurice George Percy   
Szeliga, Mieczyslaw Gustaw28-07-191213-06-1944 

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