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Record Details for Douglas Edward James

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First Name: Douglas Edward
Initials: D E
Surname: James
DOB: Circa 1921
Age: 23
Nationality: British
Date of Death: 29/01/1944
Fate: Killed
Incident Date: 29/01/1944
Information: SON OF HARRY CECIL AND DORA MARY JAMES  
OF ST. ALBANS  
HERTFORDSHIRE.
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: 1267376
Campaign Medals: War Medal 1939-1945
war medal 1939-1945As with most Armed Forces Serving Personnel during the conflict of World War Two, Douglas Edward James was entitled to the War Medal 1939-1945. This medal was awarded to all full time service personnel who had completed 28 days service between 3rd September 1939 and the 2nd September 1945. Eligible personnel who had been “Mentioned In Despatches” during the War were entitled to wear a bronze oak leaf emblem on the ribbon. Those eligible for a campaign star, yet who had their service cut short by death, wounds or capture by the enemy, still qualified for this medal.
 
1939-45 Star
1939-45 starGiven the information available to us it is likely that Douglas Edward James was awarded the 1939-45 Star for operational Service in the Second World War between 3rd September 1939, and 2nd September 1945.

Douglas Edward James would have been awarded this star if their service period was terminated by their death or disability due to service. Also the award of a gallantry medal or “Mention In Despatches” also produced the award of this medal, regardless of their service duration.

Fighter Aircraft Crew who took part in the Battle of Britain (10 July to 31 October 1940) were awarded the "Battle of Britain" bar to this medal. In undress uniform, a silver-gilt rosette was worn on the medal ribbon to denote the award of this clasp.
 
Air Crew Europe Star
air crew europe starThe Air Crew Europe Star Campaign medal of the British Commonwealth was awarded to Douglas Edward James for service in World War Two. This medal was awarded to Commonwealth aircrew who participated in operational flights over Europe, from UK bases or for operational flying from the UK over Europe, between the period 3rd September 1939 to 5th June 1944.

The recipient Douglas Edward James would have been awarded this star if their service period was terminated by their death or disability due to service. The award of a gallantry medal or “Mention In Despatches” also produced the award of this medal, regardless of their service duration.
Service: Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve
Squadron: 630 Squadron
Command: Bomber Command
Aircraft Mark: III
Aircraft Code: LE-C
Aircraft Type: Lancaster
Aircraft Serial: JB654
Commemorated: Runnymede Memorial
Bomber/Fighter Command Losses 1939-1945

The IWGC/CWGC Registers Collection

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