Armed Forces: Medals

House of Lords written question – answered on 3 March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Ashcroft Lord Ashcroft Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government whether they have any plans to extend the Bomber Command campaign medal to ground crews.

Photo of Lord Astor of Hever Lord Astor of Hever The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

In his independent Medal Review, Sir John Holmes concluded that the aircrew of Bomber Command had been treated inconsistently with those who served in Fighter Command. The award of the clasp to Bomber Command aircrew to be worn on the 1939-45 Star brings this Command into line with Fighter Command aircrew who were awarded a Battle of Britain clasp.

The position regarding Bomber Command ground crew is that they, like those of other commands and Services who gave valuable service in the UK, were recognised by their entitlement to the Defence Medal. This matter has been fully considered and we understand that Sir John has no plans to review his recommendation to award the clasp to aircrew only.

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