RAF Medal Entitlement

Discussion in 'The War In The Air' started by researchingreg, Jun 17, 2019.

  1. researchingreg

    researchingreg Well-Known Member

    My Second Cousin Flying Officer Geoffrey Bernard Herbert King 115277 RAFVR born 18 August 1921 joined the RAF in May 1940 and trained as a pilot and went to 19 OTU and flew his first bombing raid (Operation Millenium II) as a pilot on the third 1000 bomber to Bremen 25/26 June 1942 in a 19 OTU Whitley after he finished his course at 19 OTU he was posted to 102 Squadron on 11 July 1942 along with his navigator Pilot Officer Thomas Henry Follett 48379. After his conversion to Halifaxes he flew on his first raid with 102 Squadron on 23/24 July 1942 to Duisberg. The squadron then moved to Pocklington and he flew a further 14 missions - On his 16th mission to to Stuttgart on 22 November 1942 flying a Halifax Mk II W.7914 DY-A he and all his crew were killed crashing at Hangest Sur Somme in France. He and his crew were all buried in Abbeville Communal Cemetery Extension.

    I have his RAF Service record but there is no mention of any medal entitlement. Was he entitled to any medals?
  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Gives the parameters - Medals: campaigns, descriptions and eligibility

    Dont take this as gospel but I would have thought minimum:
    Air Crew Europe Star
    War Medal 1939 to 1945

    Ask the Medal Office or phone them and send a copy of his records
    Contact the MOD Medal Office
    You can contact the Medals Office in writing or via email.
    MOD Medal Office
    Room G36
    Innsworth House
    Imjin Barracks
    GL3 1HW
    Telephone enquiries are handled by the Joint Personnel Administration Centre (JPAC).
    Freephone (UK only): 0800 085 3600
    Telephone (from overseas): *44 141 224 3600

  3. AlanW

    AlanW Senior Member

    Air Crew Europe Star, 60 or more days operational flying.
  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Post removed - incorrect information.

  5. James Harvey

    James Harvey Senior Member

    1939-45 star

    Also entitled to the new bomber command clasp

    Write to the medal office and they will tell you what was issued or if never issued issue them to his nok
  6. researchingreg

    researchingreg Well-Known Member

    Thank you all for the information. I will contact the medal office.
  7. researchingreg

    researchingreg Well-Known Member

    I have contacted the RAF Historic team/Ministry of Defence Medal Office, with all the information and I got a reply on 19 June 2019 asking me to fill in the application form which I did immediately so they could commence the assessment process. However they have told me it will possibly take several months.
  8. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    At least you now know you are in the best hands to resolve your question

  9. Marcus H

    Marcus H Member

    QUOTE="researchingreg, post: 828302, member: 48184"]

    I have his RAF Service record but there is no mention of any medal entitlement. Was he entitled to any medals?[/QUOTE]

    I’ll quote this from Wikipedia, regarding the Air Crew Star, for ease:

    Personnel whose required qualifying service period was terminated prematurely by their death, disability or wounding due to service, were awarded the Star regardless of service duration.”

    And his “premature death” would make him eligible for the other appropriate medals and clasp, too.

    They would be the 1939-1945 Star, Air Crew Star, Defence Medal and War Medal, plus the recently introduced Bomber Command Clasp.


  10. researchingreg

    researchingreg Well-Known Member

    I have now had a letter from the M.O.D. re his medals which were issued to his nominated NOK after the war.
    Medals awarded: 1. 1939-45 War Medal with Clasp "Bomber Command" 2. Aircrew Europe Star 3. War Medal 1939-45.

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