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    Default Re: Don Mason DSO with bar, DFC

    Isn’t it a criminal offence to misrepresent your military history pertaining to awards and medals? I haven’t looked through this in detail, but perhaps this is pertinent:

    https://publications.parliament.uk/p.../658/65805.htm

    Hugh: would you please comment?

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    In Canada even the Second World War service pin stated on the reverse side that there was a $500 fine and six months imprisonment for “misuse” of the pin (wearing it unauthorized). I came across one incident where a RAF pilot claimed a DFC but didn’t receive one. He had collided with another aircraft from his squadron on the way to the target and bailed out. He was picked up by the American army and soon after was awarded a US DFC for some unknown reason, but he was never awarded a British one so he just sewed a British DFC ribbon on his uniform.
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    Jim: "Isn’t it a criminal offence to misrepresent your military history pertaining to awards and medals? "

    Depends on when and where.

    Your reference is indeed pertinent, for the UK: where since 2009 there is no provision against false awards claims, as par 9 explains.
    "9.The Armed Forces Act 2006 (‘the 2006 Act’)11 replaced the three separate Service Discipline Acts with a single statute to regulate Service law. However, section 197 of the 1955 Act was not reproduced in the 2006 Act and its provisions were repealed in 2009 when the relevant parts of the 2006 Act were brought into force.12 As a result, no specific offences now exist relating to the unauthorised wearing, or false representation of entitlement to wear military decorations or medals." (my emphasis)
    https://publications.parliament.uk/p.../658/65805.htm
    Additional: par 10 goes on to outline the UK MoD reasoning on withdrawing the previous offence provisions...

    In Australia, under the Defence Act 1903 (as amended to 2016), Part VII Offences covers the case, at Section 80 B:
    "Improper use of service decorations
    (1) A person commits an offence if:
    (a) the person wears a service decoration; and
    (b) the person is not the person on whom the decoration was conferred.
    Source https://www.legislation.gov.au/Details/C2016C00955 "

    Note that there are cogent provisions following that permit
    a) wearing a deceased relatives decoration, or
    b) wearing decorations for a dramatic presentation, film, doco and the like.
    In either case, the wearer - quote! - "bears the evidential burden"...

    For interest, Sec 80 A preceding likewise makes falsely representing to be returned soldier, sailor or airman an offence.

    Additional: New Zealand
    In NZ, the Military Decorations and Distinctions Act 1918 (as amended to 2013) describes the various forms of offence there in some detail.
    See https://legislation.govt.nz/act/publ...DLM190411.html
    Last edited by Don Clark; 27th August 2023 at 05:21.
    Toujours propos

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    Wearing by relatives not permitted in Canada:
    per Jim's recent post in another context
    https://www.rafcommands.com/forum/sh...159#post189159
    Toujours propos

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    Here's a tribute page to the late Don Mason:

    https://donaldmason.muchloved.com/

    ...and a photo of him wearing his medals and a pilot's brevet:

    https://donaldmason.muchloved.com/#h...age-gallery-11

    DSO w/bar
    DFC
    1939–1945_Star w/Bomber Command Clasp
    Air Crew Europe Star w/France and Germany Clasp
    Defence Medal
    War Medal 1939-45
    Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur


    The French government awarded Mason the Chevalier de la Legion d’Honneur in 2019 - one of many awarded to surviving D-Day veterans post-2000.

    The book, Stirlings in Action With the Airborne Forces: Air Support to Special Forces, by Dennis Williams allows some of Mason's service career to be traced in archival records at TNA

    W/O Donald Mason (no middle name) was the wireless operator in the 620 Squadron crew of P/O Francis Alexander Cox RNZAF in June 1944. They flew Stirling LJ865 on 5 June 1944, dropping parachutists on D-Day.

    F/O Donald Mason was still wireless operator in F/O Cox's crew while with 46 Squadron in August 1945.

    The London Gazette shows:

    The London Gazette
    Publication date: 4 August 1944
    Supplement: 36643
    Page: 3666

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH. Appointment to commission. ' As Pit. Offs. on 'prob. .(emergency):' — Wt. Offs.

    27th May 1944-.
    1214031 Donald MASON (178089)

    The London Gazette
    Publication date: 19 December 1944
    Supplement: 36852
    Page: 5873

    ROYAL AIR FORCE VOLUNTEER RESERVE. GENERAL DUTIES BRANCH. Confirmation and promotion. Pit. Offs. (prob.) confmd. in appts. and to be Fig. Offs. (war subs.): —

    27th Nov. 1944
    D. MASON (178089)

    These are the only entries I could find under service numbers 1214031 and 178089.
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    Here is the latest word for UK on NoK wearing relatives medals

    Wearing of medals

    You should only wear official decorations, medals or emblems that you are entitled to and have been approved for acceptance and wear. Unofficial medals should not be worn with official orders, decorations and medals.
    If you are the next of kin of a deceased service person, it is common practice to wear your relative’s decorations and medals as a mark of remembrance. It is custom to wear medals on the right breast in civilian dress only, official approval is not required to wear relative’s medals.
    Current serving personnel should not wear relative’s medals or unofficial medals whilst wearing uniform.

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/medals-c...d-war-2-medals

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