March 21st 1944 – Bangalore


Conditions for 1939/43 and Africa Stars are out. As opposed to the Army, you cannot get Africa Star if qualified for 39/43 Star. The Army is the other way round. Aircrew after two months in an operational squadron and one operation. Ground crew six months, aggregate, in an Army command:

Qualifying dates:

France 3/9/39 – 19/6/40
Norway 14/4/40 – 8/6/40
Belgium 10/5/40 – 19/6/40
Holland 12/5/40 – 13/5/40
India (North West Frontier) 1/1/40 – 31/12/42
Greece & Crete 7/11/40 – 31/5/41
Iraq 10/4/41 – 31/5/41
Syria 8/6/41 – 11/7/41
Persia 25/8/41 – 28/8/41
Hong Kong 8/12/41 – 25/12/41
Malaya 8/12/41 – 15/2/42
China 11/12/41 – 31/12/43
Burma 11/12/41 – 31/12/43
New Guinea 7/3/42 – 31/12/43
Madagascar 5/5/42 – 5/11/42
Sicily 10/7/43 – 17/8/43
Italy 3/9/43 – 31/12/43
Russian Wing 7/9/41 – 30/11/41

I send my blue tunic and battledress to have it put on, but expect I shall get told to take it down when I get home – if I get home!

 

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