This star was awarded for service
in the Second World War between 3rd September 1939 and 2nd
Two clasps were instituted
to be worn on the medal ribbon, Battle of Britain and Bomber
RAF personnel had to participate
in operations against the enemy providing that 2 months service
had been completed in an operational unit. Non-aircrew personnel
had to complete 6 months service in an area of operational
Members of fighter aircraft
crews who took part in the Battle of Britain ) were awarded
the "Battle of Britain" bar to this medal.
The criteria is 180 days
service, although some special criteria apply when, at certain
specified times, just 1 days service is required. These
were actions for which a more specific campaign medal was
Examples are: France or Belgium: 10 May to 19 June 1940, St.Nazaire
22-28 March 1942, Dieppe: 19 August 1942, Iraq: 10 April to
25 May 1941 and Burma (Enemy Invasion): 22 February 1942 to
15 May 1942.
Also recipients were awarded
this star if their service period was terminated by their
death or disability due to service.
Also the award of a gallantry medal or Mention in Dispatchers
also produced the award of this medal, regardless of their