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It’s a shame the wait was so long
THERE have been several letters to The Press expressing opinions on the Bomber Command Clasp recently granted to those who qualified.
As one who received this award for service with the Royal Canadian Air Force as an RAF flight engineer, my point of view is as follows.
The clasp is an enhancement to be worn on the medal ribbon for the 1939-1945 Star, as is the clasp for those qualifying for the Battle of Britain.
It was nice to receive mine through registered post, having provided evidence of a completed operational tour during 1944-45.
Of course, it was a shame to wait about 68 years before any Government felt it appropriate to make such an award, probably due to the number of detrimental views expressed at the end of the war over the devastation caused during the process of overcoming the enemy, regardless of the fact that they also caused as much devastation during the whole conflict.
The sad outcome of these views meant that the majority of those entitled to a little extra recognition didn’t live to receive it.
J Beisly, Osprey Close, York.
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