Abergavenny ex-WWII bomber crewman devastated after being denied Bomber Command medal
2:29pm Tuesday 6th August 2013 in News
A WORLD War Two veteran has been left devastated after he was barred from receiving a new honour for aircrew.
Dennis Moss, 89, from Govilon near Abergavenny, served as a wireless-operator flying 40 missions on Wellington bombers during the Second World War.
The Westminster government announced this year that they would award a clasp for aircrew who served in Bomber Command, but Mr Moss was left devastated after his application was refused.
Mr Moss was based in Italy under Central Mediterranean Forces, but not Bomber Command. He also lost an appeal for the decision to be reversed.
"I think all those who did a full tour of 40 flying missions should be recognised," he said.
Monmouth MP David Davies said he would be writing to the Ministry of Defence to look into the matter.
A MoD spokeswoman said: "As part of Sir John Holmes' independent medal review a recommendation was made for a clasp to be awarded to the 1939-45 Star to recognise the specific contribution of the aircrew of Bomber Command.
"We are awaiting the conclusions of this ongoing independent medal review so we would be unable to comment on this issue further."