Aircrew Europe Star 1939-1945:
The Air Crew Europe Star was a campaign medal of the
British Commonwealth, awarded for service in World War
II. Specifically, the medal was awarded to Commonwealth
aircrew who participated in operational flights over
Europe, from UK bases. Two months operational flying was
required between 3rd September 1939 and 5th June 1945 in
order to qualify. 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.
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. The obverse has a central design of the Royal Cipher of King George VI, surmounted by a crown. The cipher is surrounded by a circlet containing the words ‘The Air Crew Europe Star'. The reverse is plain, although Stars issued to Australian and South African personnel have recipient names engraved.The ribbon for this medal, along with those of the other Second World War campaign stars, is reputed to have been designed by King George VI. The sky is represented by pale blue, night flying by the black stripes on the edges, with the yellow stripes representing enemy searchlights..
Regulations only allow one clasp to be worn with the Star. When the ribbon is worn alone a silver rosette ribbon emblem is worn to denote the award of a clasp.Atlantic - Awarded to those who subsequently became entitled to the Atlantic Star.
France and Germany - Awarded to those who subsequently became entitled to the France and Germany Star. The medal is valued at between £160 - £180. If the "Atlantic" clasp is present then an additional £60 is added to the value; if the "France and Germany" clasp, add £15.
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