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Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

The DFC was established on June 3rd, 1918, the birthday of King George V, and is awarded to Officers and Warrant officers for "an act or acts of valour and courage or devotion to duty performed whilst flying in active operations against the enemy". A straight silver bar is a further enhancement of the DFC, awarded for additional acts under the same terms as the cross.

The award has the shape of a silver cross and was designed by Edward Carter Preston. On the obverse aeroplane propellers are superimposed upon the vertical arms of the cross. Within a central winged roundel, encircled by a wreath of laurels and surmounted by a Imperial Crown, appear the letters RAF. In the central circle on the reverse the Royal Cyphers, GV, GVI, EIIR, appear above the date 1918. The year of issue is engraved on the lower arm of the award. The DFC is issued unnamed.
The ribbon is 1.25 inches wide, and consists of alternating violet and white stripes, each 0.125 inches wide, leaning at 45 degrees from the vertical. Until 1919, the stripes were horizontal.

During the Second World War a total of 20,354 DFCs were awarded, with approximately 1,550 first bars and 42 second bars. Honorary awards were made on 964 occasions to aircrew from other non-commonwealth countries.
A total of 4,018 first DFC's were awarded to RCAF personnel, plus 213 first bars and 6 second bars and also 358 to FAF/RAA/RNZAF persons in RCAF, plus 23 first bars. Also there were 247 DFC's awarded to Canadians in the RAF, plus 34 first bars.
New Zealand RNZAF personnel received 1,032 DFC Crosses, eighty four first bars and four second bars, one Cross was awarded to a member of the Royal New Zealand Navy.
A total of 44 Dutch airmen received the DFC.

Aanjesen, Ola Gert* August 30th, 1918

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NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
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Kay, Desmond Hayward Sidley14-02-191909-10-1944 
Kay, Leslie Herbert 02-02-1945 
Kaye, Ivon George07-06-191704-04-1993 
Kayll, Joseph Robert "Joe"12-04-191403-03-2000 
Kearney, James Timothy00-03-191600-02-1954 
Kearns, Richard Stansfield Derek09-03-1920 more 
Keast, Francis John Baptist01-10-1909  
Kee, Ernest Henry Clarke 20-04-1944 
Keefer, George Clinton11-07-192100-01-1985 
Kellett, Richard24-10-190503-01-1990 
Kellett, Ronald Gustave13-09-190912-11-1998 
Kelly, Keith Leslie 23-08-1945 
Kelly, Phillip 21-11-1944 
Kennard, Hugh Charles24-06-191800-00-1995 
Kennard, John Herbert 27-09-1943 
Kennedy, Joseph Shaw00-00-191417-11-1971more 
Kennedy, Patrick Ascension15-05-191702-05-2010more 
Kennedy, Sidney Ivor   
Kent, John Alexander23-06-191407-10-1985more 
Kent, Roy William11-12-191711-10-2009 
Kent, William Carman28-10-192120-05-2006 
Kenward, Vivian Frederick Roy   
Keprt, Joseph28-06-191026-07-1976more 
Kerr, Grant   
Kicak, Joseph Alexander   
Kilburn, Michael Plaistowe   
Kilmartin, John Ignatius08-07-1913  
Kimball, Donald Harold08-08-1916  
King, Anthony George William   
King, James Leonard26-08-192205-12-2003 
King, Leslie William John   
Kingcome, Charles Brian Fabris31-05-191700-02-1994more 
Kingsland, Richard ("Julius Allen Cohen")19-10-191627-08-2012 
Kipp, Robert Allan12-10-191925-07-1949 
Kirkpatrick, John 09-12-1944 
Kleeman, Reginald Waldemar  more 
Klinck, Leonard Cecil   
Klufas, William James "Rip"00-00-1915 more 
Knapp, Geoffrey Alwin  more 
Knapton, Peter Alfred04-05-1921 more 
Knight, Cecil Horace   
Knight, Marcus William Bower08-07-1916  
Knight, Roland Anthony Lee00-00-191727-09-1941 
Knights, Robert Edgar01-00-192100-00-2004 
Knights, Robin Herbert   
Knilans, Hubert Clarence27-12-191701-06-2012more 
Kotz, Tadeusz09-08-191303-06-2008more 
Koukal, Josef06-05-191223-02-1980more 
Kowalski, Jan19-11-191615-05-2000more 
Kozinski, Nikodem   
Krol, Waclaw Szczepan25-12-191515-06-1991more 
Kucera, Otmar13-07-191406-06-1995more 
Kuhlmann, Keith Cowie11-09-191300-00-1997 
Kuttelwascher, Karel Miroslav23-09-191617-08-1959more 
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