Suffice it to say, Big Lee drew my attention to the fact that the MoD has finally announced the creation of awards to recognise the services both of Bomber Command veterans and those who served on Arctic convoys in World War 2. Specifically, the Bomber Command Clasp is to be worn on the ribbon of the 1939 to 1945 Star, and follows the design of the Battle of Britain Clasp.
And I quote (from the Defence Minister, Mark Francois):
I am and always have been an awestruck admirer of the exploits of the men of Bomber Command. I was given a copy of Paul Brickhill's "Dam Busters" by my grandfather (a Civil Service inspector on ... let's just say a number of wartime projects that he wasn't allowed to talk about) when I can't have been much more than 8, and I've pretty much devoured every single book and documentary I've been able to lay my hands on since. If you're reading this, and any of your family served in Bomber Command during WW2, know that they have my utmost respect and admiration."All those who served our country in Bomber Command and on the Arctic Convoys deserve nothing but the utmost respect and admiration from us."That's why I am delighted that these special individuals will in the next few weeks begin to receive the Bomber Command clasp and Arctic Star that they have so long deserved."I am also pleased to announce that the families of those no longer alive will also be able to apply for these awards in recognition of their loved one's bravery."