On a journey of discovery to historical sites? Download the TracesOfWar app directly on Google Play or the Apple App Store.

1939-1945 Star

This star was awarded for operational service from September 3rd 1939 (the day of the outbreak of WW 2) to August 15th 1945 (the day hostilities against Japan in the Pacific ceased). A bar was authorized for fighter crews engaged in the Battle of Britain from July 10th to October 31st 1940.
The badge is a six-pointed star with the Royal Cipher GRI VI in the centre surrounded by the inscription: "The 1939-1945 Star" and surmounted by a crown. The reverse is blank. Recipients are eligible for the other campaign stars of Burma, Italy, the France and Germany Star and the Pacific Star. The ribbon is 1.25" wide with three stripes of equal width coloured dark blue, scarlet and light blue which represent the three armed services.

This decoration could be awarded with the "BATTLE OF BRITAIN" clasp. The clasp was awarded to all those that had flown on at least one operational sortie with an accredited Battle of Britain squadron between July 10th - October 31st 1940.

In 2012 it was noted that a new clasp would be produced for affiction on the 39-45 Star, called the "BOMBER COMMAND" clasp. The clasp can be received from 2013 onward by any person who, during the Second World War, has flown as aircrew for at least one operational sortie with a Bomber Command operational unit.

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Abel-Smith, Henry08-03-190024-01-1993more
Adair, Allan Henry Shafto03-11-189704-08-1988more
Adair, Hugh24-08-192327-10-2013
Adams, Andrew Alexander05-06-192108-11-1993more
Adams, Norman Marcus  
Adams, Ronald George Hinings31-12-189628-03-1979
Adams, William Leslie Graham20-04-190128-03-1963more
Addie, Gordon Rennie23-05-190522-01-1990
Addison, Robert Ramsay28-09-190929-04-1996
Addison, William Nathan12-08-191900-10-1989
Aduckiewicz, Marian02-08-191721-11-2005more
Aertsen, Servaas Klaas26-01-192225-12-1993more
Agansing, Rai24-04-192027-05-2000more
Albert, Earl Thomas01-03-1920 more
Albertini, Anthony Victor  
Alcock, John "Jack"04-03-191801-01-1997
Alexander, Robert Wilfred20-08-192021-09-1944
Allard, Jean Victor12-06-191323-04-1996more
Allen, Frederick Fernley Edmund12-12-191229-06-2005more
Allen, John Henry17-06-192021-09-1995
Allen, Robert Swinton24-07-191400-00-1982more
Allen, Roland William John  
Allen, Thomas00-00-191500-00-1979
Allenberg, William Harry  more
Allmand, Michael22-08-192324-06-1944
Ambrus, Jan Rozkazom19-05-189921-01-1994more
Ameresekere, Ekanayake Edward Rohan21-05-191620-03-1974more
Anders, Wladyslaw Albert11-08-189212-05-1970more
Anderson, Alan Ford21-11-191019-12-2002more
Anderson, Charles Groves Wright12-02-189711-11-1988more
Anderson, Eric15-09-191506-04-1943
Anderson, Hugh Henry27-02-192111-04-1945
Anderson, Jim 07-02-2019
Anderson, John Thompson McKellar "Jock"12-01-191805-10-1943more
Anderson, Margaret Irene11-12-191516-07-1995more
Anderson, Robert Thomas30-12-191905-10-2001
Anderson, William Maurice Eyre "Bill"31-08-190813-12-1986
Andersz, Tadeusz27-10-191829-10-2007more
Andrew, Solomon Joseph Harold00-00-1924 
Andrewartha, Charles Donald "Andy"15-04-191606-09-1973more
Andrews, George Edward 09-11-1942
Andruszko, Michal Stanislaw00-00-191700-00-1987more
Annable, Harold Cecil05-01-191705-06-1983
Annand, Richard Wallace05-11-191424-12-2004more
Annandale, James  
Antell, Frederick Roy George  
Antonowicz Andrault de Buy, Graf, Mikolaj15-01-191503-04-2000more
Appelboom, Machiel "Max"07-03-192405-11-2003more
Appleford, Joseph Ernest11-01-1917 
Archer, Bertram Stuart Trevelyan03-02-191502-05-2015more
Archer, Ernest Leonard  more
Ardagh, Patrick Augustine30-08-189106-04-1944more
Ardis, Beverley Donn "Joe"00-00-192206-05-1997
Arkel, van, Jan27-08-191923-02-2011more
Armitage, Robert Selby28-03-191001-06-1982
Armstrong, Donald Richard Neville19-07-190700-00-1967
Armstrong, Frederick Finlay00-00-191804-11-1997more
Armstrong, Roy  
Armstrong, Walter Douglas09-12-191916-02-1945
Arnfield, Stanley John03-10-191324-09-1954
Arnold, Charles Keever02-11-191306-12-1961
Arthur, Lawrence  
Arthur, Wilfred Stanley07-12-191923-12-2000more
Artymiuk, Kazimierz28-08-192013-03-1984more
Ashness, Albert  
Ashraf, Mohammad  
Ashworth, Arthur 'Artie'03-05-192019-02-1994more
Ashworth, Corran Perry 'Ash'25-09-192103-08-1944more
Atkins, Eric Granville19-03-192122-11-2011more
Auchterlonie, James Laurence07-12-192413-04-1945