1939-1945 Star


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The 1939-45 Star is awarded for service between 3 September 1939 and 2 September 1945 for:

  • a period of six months (180 days) operational service for RAN and Army personnel and RAAF non-air crew personnel
  • a period of two months operational service for air crew personnel
  • a period of six months service at sea for Merchant Navy provided at least one voyage was made through one of the specified areas of active operations.


The ‘BATTLE OF BRITAIN’ clasp was awarded to eligible air crew involved in the Battle of Britain. The ‘BOMBER COMMAND’ clasp was introduced in 2012 and is awarded to eligible Bomber Command aircrew. This award is administered by the Directorate of Honours and Awards (DH&A) on behalf of the UK Government. The clasp is awarded to RAAF personnel who served with UK-based Bomber Command squadrons during World War 2. Upon receipt of an application, assessment for eligibility is completed and details of successful applicants are forwarded to the UK Ministry of Defence. The UK Government then initiate delivery of clasps to DH&A in Australia, for dispatch to those recipients.

Silver Rosette

When the ribbon is worn alone the standard silver rosette ribbon emblem is worn to denote the award of a clasp.