BOMBER COMMAND MEDAL CAMPAIGN
- In pursuit of a Fair Review
A QUESTION OF CONSISTENCY
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On 19th December 2012, in his position as Prime Minister, David Cameron welcomed the conclusion and recommendations of Sir John Holmes' Military Medals Review. This review had been undertaken at the request of David Cameron to review the rules and principles governing the award of military campaign medals.
From those recommendations action was taken which left a few Veterans satisfied and they felt that they had been at last recognised for the service that they gave.
However, it left many, many Veterans frustrated due to the evident lack of proper recognition which they so richly deserved.
This campaign seeks to question, how the conclusion of the extensive review could have ever been accepted as fair and just. It requests that the potential discrepancies highlighted and any unfair and unjust treatment arising from those discrepancies, together with new issues raised are accepted as support to warrant a second review and consideration of a revision of the 2012 recommendation.
Theresa May, Prime Minister, was quoted in a Sun article on 13th December 2017, stating,
“Those who have served deserve recognition for their sacrifice throughout their lives and we will continue to make sure that they get it”.
A SECOND REVIEW HAS BEEN SECURED
The initial submission and additional information submitted to the office of the Honours and Decorations Comittee, has been considered and we have been advised that it will be included in the re-establishment of the new Advisory Military Sub-Committee. Signatories are now world wide, so please keep signing, it is vital that there is a show of public support to treat our Veterans fairly, and to recognise fully their sacrifice, by treating them consistently with other servicemen. We have cross party parliametary support and support in the House of Lords, together with support from the commonwealth Bomber Command Associations. We have been advised that the AMSC will start work this year.
THE AIR CREW EUROPE STAR
THE 1939-45 STAR
The issue of the Bomber Command clasp was supposed to bring Bomber Command Air Crew into line with the Battle of Britain Pilots. Little consideration was given, however, to the Air Crew Europe Star which the Battle of Britain Pilots would have been eligible for. The campaign focuses not only on the 2012 review, but also on the historical evolvement of the Air Crew Europe Star and the potential inconsistencies with other campaign stars, including amendments to rules, which are not well known.
On 19th January 2018 Wing Co Jim Wright met Sqn Ldr Johnny Johnson at a Veterans Day held in advance of the opening of the International Bomber Command Centre in Lincoln. Jim has been campaigning for a Bomber Command Medal for nearly 13 years. It was the first time that the pair had met. Jim learnt of the NEW campaign for a Bomber Command Medal and Johnny gave his full support.
WORLD WAR TWO VETERAN GETS AIR CREW EUROPE STAR AFTER BEING DENIED THE AWARD TWO YEARS AGO
Second World War Veteran George Verden receives an apology from the Ministry of Defeence for denying the award to which he was rightfully entitled. Read George's story here
A misinterpretation of rules by the medals office causes concern, and raises more questions over the Bomber Command medallic recognition case.