The Arctic Star: How to apply

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This is the advice issued by the Government today about how to apply for the Arctic Star.

1. Those eligible for the new Bomber Command clasp will have previously qualified for the 1939 to 1945 Star, to which the clasp will be affixed. There is an additional requirement to have flown at least one operational sortie as aircrew on a Bomber Command operational unit.

2. Those eligible for the new Arctic Star are all those who served for any length of time north of the Arctic Circle in World War II.

3. Eligible veterans and next of kin are now encouraged to apply for the new awards. Details and an application form can be found at www.veterans-uk.info or by telephoning 08457 800 900 (local rate).

4. Priority for the new awards will be given to applications from veterans and widows. Other next of kin are also able to apply and they will receive their awards shortly after veterans and widows.