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Bomber Command Clasp and Arctic Star – criteria

The MOD has announced the following as criteria for the new awards (taken from www.veterans-uk.information)

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Bomber Command Clasp to the 1939-45 Star

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A Clasp to the 1939-45 Star 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 a single operational sortie on a Bomber Command operational unit from the 3rd September, 1939, to the 8th Might, 1945, inclusive.&nbspThe award of the Clasp is to be denoted by a silver rose Emblem when the ribbon alone is worn.

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Eligibility is extended to these members of Bomber Command aircrew who did not meet the qualifying criteria due to service becoming brought to an end by death, wounds or other disability due to service, service marked by a gallantry award or taken as a prisoner of war.

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Foreign nationals commissioned or enlisted into British or, the then, Dominion Air Forces (e.g. Royal Canadian Air Force or Royal Australian Air Force) are eligible offered the men and women did not acquire a comparable award from their own Government.

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Eligibility to the Bomber Command Clasp has no impact upon eligibility for World War Two recognition previously awarded and does not recommend automatic eligibility for any additional awards.&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp&nbsp

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Arctic Star

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The Arctic Star is granted for operational service of any length north of the Arctic Circle (66 degrees, 32&rsquoN) from the 3rd September, 1939, to the 8th May possibly, 1945, inclusive.&nbspThe Arctic Star is intended to commemorate the Arctic Convoys and is designed mostly for the ships of the convoys to North Russia and their Escorts.&nbspEligibility is defined as follows:

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  • Navy and Merchant Navy &ndash Naval and Merchant Navy service anyplace at sea north of the Arctic Circle to consist of, but not restricted exclusively to, these ships participating in, and in help of, Convoys to North Russia.&nbspFleet Air Arm Personnel, not qualified by sea service could qualify under the situations applying to the Royal Air Force.

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  • Air Force &ndash Aircrew of the Royal Air Force will be eligible if they landed north of the Arctic Circle or served in the air more than this area.&nbspNon aircrew on operational service in the region, for instance ground crew or these sailing with CAM ships (Catapult Aircraft Merchant Ships), are also eligible.

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  • Army &ndash Army personnel serving in His Majesty&rsquos ships or in defensively equipped Merchant ships qualify under the rules applying to the Navy or Merchant Navy.&nbspIn addition, personnel taking element in land operations north of the Arctic Circle will also be eligible.

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  • Civilians serving with the Forces &ndash Members of the few authorized categories of civilians who qualify for Campaign Stars will be eligible if, in help of military operations, they meet any of the above qualifying criteria.

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  • Foreign nationals commissioned or enlisted into British or, the then, Dominion Forces (e.g. Royal Canadian Navy, Royal Australian Navy) are eligible provided the individuals did not receive a equivalent award from their own Government.

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  • General &ndash Eligibility to the Arctic Star has no effect upon eligibility for World War Two recognition previously awarded and does not recommend automatic eligibility for any further awards.&nbsp&nbsp

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