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Military Honours and Awards
& their Medals and Medal clasp
awarded to FAA Personnel

 


List of Fleet Air Arm Honours and Awards and war medals Victoria CrossVictoria Cross Awarded for most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy. 



George CrossGeorge Cross For an act of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger. Awarded primarily to civilians.



Knight Commander of theOrder of the BathCompanion of the Order of the Bath Presented for service of the highest calibre for military service in WW II and Korea.



Commander of the Order of the British EmpireCommander of the Order of the British Empire For services to the war effort by civilians at home and servicemen in support positions; mainly to reward non-combatant services to the war and was to include women. Could be awarded for gallantry as well as service. 



Distinguished ServiceOrderDistinguished Service Order For military officers only; rewarding individual instances of meritorious or distinguished service in war. Normally given for service under fire or under conditions equivalent to service in actual combat with the enemy. 



Order of the BritishEmpireOfficer of the Order of the British Empire For services to the war effort by civilians at home and servicemen in support positions; mainly to reward non-combatant services to the war and was to include women. Could be awarded for gallantry as well as service.



Member of the Order of theBritish EmpireMember of the Order of the British Empire For services to the war effort by civilians at home and servicemen in support positions; mainly to reward non-combatant services to the war and was to include women. Could be awarded for gallantry as well as service. 



Member of the Royal Red CrossRoyal Red Cross Class1 For exceptional devotion and competency in performance of actual nursing duties, or a continuous or long period, or who has performed some very exceptional act of bravery and devotion at her post of duty. Awarded only to fully trained nurses.



Distinguished Flying CrossDistinguished Service Cross Awarded to naval personnel for the performance of meritorious or distinguished services before the enemy.



Military CrossMilitary Cross Awarded to commissioned officers of the substantive rank of Captain or below or Warrant Officers for distinguished and meritorious services in battle. 



Distinguished Flying CrossDistinguished Flying Cross Awarded to officers and Warrant Officers for an act or acts of valour, courage, or devotion to duty performed whilst flying in active operations against the enemy. 



Air Force CrossAir Force Cross Awarded to officers and Warrant Officers for an act or acts of valour, courage, or devotion to duty performed whilst flying, but not while in active operations against the enemy. 



Associate of the  RoyalRed CrossRoyal Red Cross Class 2 For exceptional devotion and competency in performance of actual nursing duties, or a continuous or long period, or who has performed some very exceptional act of bravery and devotion at her post of duty. Awarded to fully trained nurses, assistant nurses, probationers, or V.A.D. nursing members. 



Distinguished ConductMedalDistinguished Conduct Medal The second highest award for gallantry in action, awarded for distinguished conduct in the field. 



Conspicious GallantryMedalConspicuous Gallantry Medal (Navy) Awarded for acts of pre-eminent bravery in action with the enemy. 



George MedalGeorge Medal Awarded only for acts of great bravery and was intended primarily for civilians. 



Distingished Service MedalDistinguished Service Medal Awarded to naval officers who show themselves to the fore in action, and set an example of bravery and resource under fire, but without performing acts of such pre-eminent bravery as would render them eligible to receive the Conspicuous Gallantry Medal. 



Military MedalMilitary Medal Awarded for individual or associated acts of bravery on the recommendation of a Commander-in-Chief in the field. 



Distinguished Flying MedalDistinguished Flying Medal Awarded to non-commissioned officers and men for an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty performed whilst flying in active operations against the enemy. 



Air Force MedalAir Force Medal Awarded to non-commissioned officers and men for an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty performed whilst flying, though not in active operations against the enemy. 



British Empire MedalBritish Empire Medal Awarded for meritorious service which warranted such a mark of royal appreciation.



1939-45 Star1939-45 Star Awarded for six months service on active operations for the Army and Navy and two months for active air-crew service 



Atlantic StarAtlantic Star Awarded for six months service afloat or 2 months for air-crew service, between 3 September 1939 and 8 May 1945 (Europe) or 2 September 1945 (Pacific).



Air Crew Europe StarAir Crew Europe Star Awarded for two months of operational flying from the UK over Europe between 3 September 1939 and 5 June 1944.



Africa StarAfrica Star Awarded for a minimum one day service in an operational area of North Africa between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943



Pacific StarPacific Star Awarded for one day or more of operational service in the Pacific between 8 December 1941 and 2 September 1945



Burma StarBurma Star Awarded for one day or more of operational service during the Burma campaign, between 11 December 1941 and 2 September 1945.



Italy StarItaly Star Awarded for one day operational service in Sicily or Italy between 11 June 1943 and 8 May 1945



France & Germany StarFrance And Germany Star Awarded for one day or more of service in France, Belgium, Holland or Germany between 6 June 1944 (D-Day) and 8 May 1945.



Defense MedalDefence Medal Usually awarded to Canadians for six months service in Britain between 3 September 1939 and 8 May 1945.



Canadian Volunteer Service MedalCanadian Volunter Service Medal Granted to persons of any rank in the Naval, Military or Air Forces of Canada who have voluntarily served on Acitve Service.



Dieppe BarDieppe Bar The Dieppe Bar is awarded to those who participated in the Dieppe Raid on August 19, 1942.



Hong Kong BarHong Kong Bar The Hong Kong Bar is awarded to those involved in the Battle of Hong Kong during the period December 8-25, 1941.



Newfoundland VolunteerServicesNewfoundland Volunteer Service Medal This medal was issued to those from Newfoundland who served in the British Forces outside of Newfoundland.



1939-45 War MedalWar Medal (1939-45) Awarded to all full-time personnel of the Armed Forces and Merchant Marines for serving for 28 days between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945


Mention in Dispatches The insignia was awarded to Officers, Chief Petty Officers, Petty Officers and men of the navy (or army or air force personnel of equal rank) who rendered distinguishing service.


 

Websites, Directories and Databases
with Medals information

Royal Navy Ministry of Defence Website Royal Navy: Sources of Information. Online information: How to obtain Royal Navy Service Records & Medals


http://www.fleetairarmoa.org
 
 

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