The Air Crew Europe Star

The medal was awarded to Commonwealth aircrew who participated in operational flights

over Europe, from UK bases

Air Crew Europe Star
Atlantic Clasp

Atlantic Clasp
France and Germany Clasp

France and Germany Clasp  
Terms:


 Two months operational flying was required between 3 September 1939 and 5 June 1944 in order to qualify.

From 6 June 1944 D-Day, operational flying over Europe qualified aircrew for the France and Germany Star.


 The 1939-1945 Star must have been earned before commencing qualifying service for the Air Crew Europe Star.

From 6 June 1944 D-Day, operational flying over Europe qualified aircrew for the France and Germany Star.


 British uniform regulations stipulated that neither the Atlantic Star nor the France and Germany Star

would be awarded to a recipient of the Air Crew Europe Star. Subsequent entitlement to the Atlantic Star

or the France and Germany Star was denoted by the award of the appropriate clasp to the Air Crew Europe Star.


Medal:


 The Air Crew Europe Star is a six–pointed star of yellow copper zinc alloy, with a height of 44mm and

a maximum width of 38mm.

Obverse:

Has a central design of the Royal Cypher, surmounted by a crown. The cypher is surrounded by a circlet

containing the words ‘The 1939–1945 Starʼ

Reverse:

The reverse is plain, with the recipient's name impressed only for Australians and South Africans.


Bars:


If later entitled to a second or third star, its bar would be worn: ATLANTIC or FRANCE AND GERMANY laurelled bar)


Mounting:


A plain, straight, non-swivelling suspender with a single-toe claw.


Ribbon:


A wide central stripe of light blue, flanked at the edges by narrow stripes of yellow and black

to symbolise the continuous service of the Air Force by night and day.


The sky is represented by pale blue, night flying by the black stripes on the edges, with the yellow stripes

representing enemy searchlights.



Awarded to:

The Air Crew Europe Star was earned almost exclusively by personnel and can only be awarded

after the 1939 to 1945 Star has been qualified for.  Aircrew Europe Star was awarded for 60 additional days

service in a Unit engaged in

operational flying over Europe from bases in the UK with at least one operational sortie.


After 5 Jun 44, operational flying over Europe qualified aircrew for the France and Germany Star.

Please note that the above is only a summary outline of the conditions that apply to this medal.

Additional information and a list of qualifying areas of service are available from the Honours and Awards Section,

Veterans Affairs Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, K1A 0P4.
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