World War II Royal Air Force Bomber Command Group of Three, unattributed as issued, comprising 1939-1945 Star with Bomber Command clasp, good period copy Air Crew Europe Star and War Medal, 1939-1945
1939-1945 Star with Bomber Command clasp. Bronze six-pointed faceted star with lateral loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the crowned cipher of King and Emperor George VI centrally within a stippled ring inscribed ‘THE 1939 - 1945 STAR’; the reverse plain; with Bomber Command clasp.
The Star was instituted in 1945 to be awarded for operational service between the declaration of war (3 September 1939) and V.J. Day (2 September 1945). Air Force personnel were required to participate in operations against the enemy and to complete two months’ service in an operational unit. Non-aircrew personnel were required to complete six months’ service in an area of operational army command.
The Star was awarded immediately if service was terminated by death, disability or wounding and to those awarded a gallantry medal or Mentioned in Despatches.
The Bomber Command clasp was announced as late as 19 December 2012 and is granted to the aircrew of Bomber Command who served for at least sixty days, or completed a tour of operations, on a Bomber Command operational unit and flew at least one operational sortie on a Bomber Command operational unit from the 3 September 1939 to the 8 May 1945 inclusive.
Air Crew Europe Star, 1939-1944, good period copy. Gilt-bronze six-pointed faceted star with integral loop for ribbon suspension; the face with the crowned cipher of King and Emperor George VI centrally within a stippled ring inscribed ‘THE AIR CREW EUROPE STAR’; the reverse plain. The Star was instituted in 1945 and awarded for operational flying over Europe from bases in the U.K. for a two-month period between the declaration of war (3 September 1939) and 4 June 1944. Candidates must first have qualified for the 1939-1945 Star, for which Air Force personnel must have participated in operations against the enemy and have completed two months’ service in an operational unit. The Star was awarded immediately if service was terminated by death, disability or wounding. Anyone qualifying for the Air Crew Europe, Atlantic or France and Germany Stars would be awarded only one - the first-earned, with clasp(s) denoting entitlement to the other(s). This is a good period copy of the rarest World War II medal.
War Medal, 1939-1945. Circular cupro-nickel medal with claw and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the crowned head of King George VI facing left, circumscribed ‘GEORGIVS VI D: G: BR. OMN: REX ET INDIAE IMP:’ (George VI by the Grace of God King of Great Britain, Emperor of India), signed ‘PM’; the reverse with a triumphant lion standing on a prostrate dragon, dated ‘1939 1945’ above right, signed ‘E.C.R.P.’. The Medal was instituted in 1945 and was awarded to all full-time members of the armed forces who had served at least 28 days between the outbreak of war (3 September 1939) and V.J. Day (2 September 1945).
The Group is bar-mounted for wear on original ribbons.