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Blogger: GemSen During World War II, Dennis Moss, 89, was a wireless operator in RAF Wellington and Liberator bombers and in his role he helped to attack German lines in Italy and defended airfields in Romania and Greece. Mr Moss also helped supply partisans in Yugoslavia was based in Italy with the Central Mediterranean Forces and served with 40 Squadron, 178 Squadron and 37 Squadron.
As you can imagine he was delighted to hear the news about the recent special Bomber Command medal that was announced in announced in February this year to be awarded to those who risked their lives over Europe. The joy was somewhat short lived though, and Mr Moss has since been told that he does not qualify because the bombers he flew took off from Italy rather than Britain, reported the Daily Mail. From Abergavenny, South Wales, Mr Moss applied earlier this year for the new Bomber Command Clasp for which he was turned down and he lost an appeal to try to get the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency to reverse the decision. He told the newspaper: “I am very disappointed. It shouldn’t make any difference where people were based. RAF airmen who served as crew should be recognised in the same way. It is not just for myself but for those brave men we lost.” Bomber Command Clasp The Bomber Command Clasp is to be granted to the aircrew of Bomber Command who served for at least 60 days, or completed a tour of operations, on a Bomber Command operational unit and flew at least one operational sortie on a Bomber Command operational unit between September 3 1939 and May 8 1945. It is designed to be worn on the ribbon of the 1939-1945 Star. Members of Bomber Command aircrew who died, were taken prisoner or were wounded before they could complete the requirements are still eligible, as are foreign nationals who were commissioned into the British or Dominion Air Forces. According to the report a spokesman for the Ministry of Defence said it was awaiting the conclusions of an independent medal review, ‘so we would be unable to comment on this issue further’. Mr Moss has been able to gain the support of his MP David Davies who said: ‘This is stupid bureaucracy. All those who served as aircrew should be remembered in the same way. “If it wasn’t for the courage of men like Mr Moss then we would probably still be living under a dictatorship. “Either the eligibility criteria for the Bomber Command Clasp should be extended to those who flew under the command of Central Mediterranean Forces or they should have their own clasp.” Source: Daily Mail Did any of your ancestors get awarded medals for their actions in war? Perhaps they did, but you just haven’t found out about it yet…Why not search the Forces War Records site and let us help you start, or continue your genealogy quest… The military genealogy specialists also offer a range of official military replacement medals from World War I and World War II, including the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, and the 1939-45 Star. Made to a very high standard, the medals are the perfect way to remember the war heroes in your family and are sourced from an MOD approved supplier.
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