EAF SERVICE DECORATIONS
Medal Description Bars EAF use


Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire was instituted in 1917. Commander (C.B.E.) is third of the five-level hierarchy of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. 15 years of duty


Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Officer (O.B.E.) is fourth of the five-level hierarchy of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. 10 years of duty


Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire.
Member (M.B.E.) is the lowest of the five-level hierarchy of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. A silver emblem of two oak leaves is worn on the ribbon when the appointment to the Order is for Gallantry. 5 years of duty


The British Empire Medal
Introduced in 1917 as part of the Order of the British Empire for those who have rendered important services to the Empire. In 1918, a military division was created for all commissioned, warrant and subordinate officers of the military services. Awarded for additional acts of gallantry (silver laurelled bar). After 1957, a silver emblem of two oak leaves was awarded with the medal when it was awarded for gallantry. The oak leaves would also be worn on the ribbon in undress. In undress, the recipient of the bar wears a rosette. For special contribution to the EAF
CAMPAIGN DECORATIONS
Commonwealth Campaigns
Medal Description Bars EAF use


Africa Star
The Star was awarded for a minimum of one day service in an operational area of North Africa between 10 June 1940 and 12 May 1943. The whole of the area between the Suez Canal and the Strait of Gibraltar is included, together with Malta, Abyssinia, Kenya, the Sudan, both Somalilands and Eritrea. The areas not bordering the Mediterranean only qualified for the Africa Star from 10 June 1940 to 27 November 1941.   For taking part in the Libya Central Med SEOW campaigns


Commemorative War Medal 1940-41
Instituted by Royal decree of 19 August 1947 to recognise Royal Hellenic Armed Forces personnel who took part in operations from the outbreak of hosilities in 1940 until the fall of Crete in 1941.   Flown in at least 2 missions in the Crete SEOW, with a bar for those who flew 50% or more of the missions


The Air Force Cross
Awarded to Officers and Warrant Officers for an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying but not in active operations against an enemy. Awarded for additional acts of gallantry (silver laurelled bar). After 1957, a silver emblem of two oak leaves was awarded with the medal when it was awarded for gallantry. The oak leaves would also be worn on the ribbon in undress. In undress, the recipient of the bar wears a rosette. 5 air kills in 1 life in an official campaign


The Air Force Medal
Awarded to non-commissioned officers and men for an act or acts of exceptional valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying, though not in active operations against the enemy. For additional acts of bravery. (Bar as to DFC) 10 Ground kills in 1 life in an official campaign


The Distinguished Service Order
Established for rewarding individual instances of meritorious or distinguished service in war. This is a purely military order and is only given to officers whose service has been marked by the special mention of his name in despatches for distinguished services under fire, or under conditions equivalent to service in actual combat with the enemy. Awarded where the individual performs an approved act of gallantry which would have entitled him to the Order in the first place. Highest gallantry award for a Commonwealth campaign, nominated by a member of HQ then approved by HQ


The Distinguished Flying Cross
Awarded to Officers and Warrant Officers for an act or acts of valour, courage, or devotion to duty performed whilst flying in active operations against the enemy. For additional acts of bravery. Silver bar with an eagle in centre. Second highest gallantry award for a Commonwealth campaign, nominated by a member of HQ then approved by HQ
United States Campaigns
Medal Description Bars EAF use


Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal
The Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal is a service decoration of the Second World War which was awarded to any member of the United States military who served in the Pacific Theater from 1941 to 1945 and was created on November 6, 1942 by Executive Order 9265 issued by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The medal was designed by Thomas Hudson Jones. The reverse side was designed by Adolph Alexander Weinman and is the same design as used on the reverse of the European-African-Middle Eastern and American Campaign Medals.   For Taking Part in the Marianas SEOW campaign


Silver Star
The Silver Star is the third highest military decoration for valor that can be awarded to any person serving in any capacity with the United States Armed Forces. The medal is awarded for gallantry in action against an enemy of the United States.   5 air kills in 1 life in an official campaign


Distinguished Service Medal
The Distinguished Service Medal is presented to any person who, while serving in any capacity with the United States military, has distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service to the Government in a duty of great responsibility.   10 ground kills in 1 life in an official campaign


Distinguished Flying Cross
The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military decoration awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight".   Second highest gallantry award for a US campaign, nominated by a member of HQ then approved by HQ


Distinguished Service Cross
The Distinguished Service Cross is the second highest military award that can be given to a member of the United States Army, for extreme gallantry and risk of life in actual combat with an armed enemy force.   Highest gallantry award for a US campaign, nominated by a member of HQ then approved by HQ
Soviet Union Campaigns
Medal Description Bars EAF use

Ussr Wings
Wings awarded to pilots of the USSR   For taking part in an official Soviet Campaign, Czech War, VEF, Bellum, AW


Defence of Stalingrad
The Medal "For the Defence of Stalingrad" was established on December 22, 1942 by decree of the Presidium of the Supreme Soviet of the USSR   For taking part in the Stalingrad SEOW Campaign

Red Star
The Order of the Red Star was a military decoration for bravery. It was established by decree on April 6, 1930   5 air kills in 1 life in an official campaign


Medal of Merit
The Medal of Merit was a Soviet military medal awarded for "combat action resulting in a military success", "courageous defense of the state borders", or "successful military and political training and preparation". It was created on October 17, 1938   10 Ground kills in 1 life in an official campaign

Order of the Patriotic War 2nd class
2nd Class-Established 20 May 1942. Awarded to officers and enlisted men of the armed forces and security troops and to partisans, irrespective of rank, for lesser personal valor in action.   Second highest gallantry award for a Soviet campaign, nominated by a member of HQ then approved by HQ

Order of the Patriotic War 1st class
1st Class-Established 20 May 1942. Awarded to officers and enlisted men of the armed forces and security troops and to partisans, irrespective of rank, for skillful command of their units in action.   Highest gallantry award for a Soviet campaign, nominated by a member of HQ then approved by HQ
Medals Previously Awarded And Now Discontinued
Below are medals that were available to the EAF community. The awarding of these Medals has now ceased. However they remain here ready for repurpose should they be needed. Pilots that have been awarded these medals in the past are quite rightly still allowed to display them.


Victoria Cross
For most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy. For additional acts of bravery 200 kills in one career


George Cross
Awarded for acts of the greatest heroism of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger. The Cross is intended primarily for civilians and award in the military services is to be confined to actions for which purely military honours are not normally granted and awarded for actions not in the face of the enemy. For additional acts of gallantry 100 kills in one career



The Most Honourable Order of the Bath
The Order has a civil and a military division and it is awarded for service of the highest order (in wartime it is awarded to Senior Officers who must have been mentioned in dispatches). The Order was founded during the time of the Prime Minister Sir Robert Walpole. The title of the order was derived from the ancient ritual of bathing or cleansing which was symbolic of washing away any impurities before admission to the Order.   An average kill/loss ratio of 5 or better after more than 10 missions in one life.


The Military Cross
Awarded to Officers of the rank of Captain or lower including Warrant Officers, for gallant and distinguished services in action For additional acts of bravery; straight silver bar with crown. 300 kills total


The Distinguished Service Cross
Awarded to Naval and Marine Officers, Commanders or below, including Warrant Officers (or equivalent), for meritorious or distinguished services before the enemy. Members of the Air Force and Army serving with the fleet were also eligible. For additional acts of gallantry. (Convex silver bar with a crown). 200 kills total


The Royal Red Cross
Awarded to a Nurse, Nurse's Aid or Volunteer who has performed an exceptional act of bravery and devotion to her post of duty. Membership is limited to 5% of establishment and members are called Associates and use the initials A.R.R.C. For additional acts of gallantry Repeatedly helping friends in trouble: killing enemy hunting one of us. To be reported by someone.


The George Medal
Awarded only for acts of great bravery and is intended primarily for civilians and awards to the military services is confined to actions for which purely military honours are not normally granted. For additional acts of bravery. (silver laurelled bar, slip on type) 100 kills total


The Distinguished Flying Medal
Awarded to Officers and Warrant Officers for an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying but not in active operations against an enemy. For additional acts of bravery. (Bar as to DFC) 50 kills total