Pewter Miniature Air Crew Europe Star with ribbon.
The Air Crew Europe Star was awarded for operational flying from bases in the United Kingdom over Europe from 3 September 1939 to 4 June 1944. For aircrew of the Air Forces, two months of operational flying was required in order to qualify for the award. Army personnel qualified for this star after they had served on air crew duties for four months, provided two months of this minimum four month period had been operational flying over Europe with at least one operational sortie.
This star is by far the most coveted of all the Second World War stars.
A Handley Page Halifax flies over the German target during a daylight raid. The Handley Page Halifax heavy bomber together with the Avro Lancaster provided the principal means whereby bomber command fought the Battle over Germany.