Bomber Command medals & ribbons

 

Medals and Awards

A Guide to the Ribbons worn by war veterans

Ribbon Illustrations kindly provided by Roy Woolley of World Medals www.worldmedals.co.uk

A bar or bars added to the ribbon of an award denotes a further award of the same category

Award Title Qualification

Victoria Cross Ribbon

Victoria Cross

VC Awards List

All Ranks. Highest award for bravery

George Cross Ribbon

George Cross

Highest civilian galantry award

DSO Ribbon Distinguished Service Order

DSO Awards List

Commissioned Officers for distinguished services under fire for either general or specific acts
DSC Ribbon Distinguished Service Cross Officers & Warrant Officers serving with the fleet
DSM Ribbon Distinguished Service Medal

NCO's & Men for services with the fleet or afloat ie: Air Sea Rescue

CGM Ribbon Conspicuous Gallantry Medal

CGM Awards List

NCO's and Other Ranks for distinguished services under fire either general or specific acts
DFM Ribbon Distinguished Flying Cross Officers & Warrant Officers for exceptional valor, courage and devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy. Collective or immediate award
DFM Ribbon Distinguished Flying Medal NCO's for exceptional valor, courage and devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy. Collective or immediate award
AFC Ribbon Air Force Cross Officers & Warrant Officers for acts of valor, courage & devotion to duty not in active service against the enemy
AFM Ribbon Air Force Medal NCO's & Men for acts of valor, courage & devotion to duty not in active service against the enemy
MM Ribbon Military Medal NCO's & Men for Services on the ground
Air Efficiency Award Air Efficiency Award All ranks for 10 years service (Reduced for certain types of war service)
Oak Leaf Clasp Mentioned in Despatches For gallantry or bravery which fell just short of a gallantry medal

 

Campaign Stars & Medals

Award

Qualification
1939-1945 Star

1939-45 Star Ribbon

Operational service between 3 September 1939 & 2 September 1945

Additional Clasp: 'Battle of Britain' for Fighter Aircrew

Defence Medal

Defence Medal Ribbon

Minimum of 3 years non-combattant home service or 1 year in certain overseas areas
War Medal

War Medal Ribbon

Minimum of 28 days service in WWII
Air Crew Europe Star

Air Crew Europe Star Ribbon

Operational flying over occupied Europe between 3 Sept 39 & 6 June 44
Atlantic Star

Atlantic Star Ribbon

Operations in the 'Battle of the Atlantic' between 3 September 1940 & 8 May 1945

Additional Clasps: 'Aircrew Europe & 'France & Germany'

Pacific Star

Pacific Star Ribbon

Service in the Pacific Area of operations between 8 December 1941 & 2 September 1945

Additional Clasp: 'Burma'

Africa Star

Africa Star Ribbon

One or more days service in North Africa, Abyssinia, Somaliland, Sudan or Malta between 10 June 1940 & 12 May 1943

Additional Clasp: 'North Africa 1942-43'

Burma Star

Burma Star Ribbon

Service in the Burma Campaign between 11 December 1941 & 2 September 1945

Additional Clasp: 'Pacific'

Italy Star

Italy Star Ribbon

Operational Service in Italy or Sicily between 11 June 1943 and May 1945
France & Germany Star

France & Germany Star Ribbon

Service in France, Belgium, Holland and Germany between D-Day (6 June 1944) and VE Day (8 May 1945)

Excluding Operations from Italy

Additional Clasp: 'Atlantic'

General Service Medal

General Service Medal Ribbon

Service in 'Minor Wars' between 1923 & 1962
Long Service & Good Conduct Medal

Long Service & Good Conduct Ribbon

18 years exemplary service up to 1947

15 years exemplary service up from 1977

12 years exemplary service up to 1947 for officers who had 'served in the ranks'

POW Medal

Allied POW Medal Ribbon

Unofficial Allied Prisoner of War Medal
Bomber Command Medal

Bomber Command Medal

Unofficial Bomber Command Medal

 

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