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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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Waart, van, Piet22-11-191608-05-1998 
Waddell, Robert Charles Arthur06-07-191505-04-1975 
Waddicor, Albert Edward   
Wade, Lance Cleo00-00-191512-01-1944 
Wade, Trevor Sidney "Wimpy"00-00-192003-04-1951 
Wagland, Jamed Leslie William04-11-191302-04-2005 
Wagner, Alan Derek 18-07-1944more 
Wainwright, John Frances Schofield28-11-1921  
Wales, Jack Bertram08-01-191707-12-1956 
Walker, Arnold Edgar "Blondie"04-04-191709-11-2008more 
Walker, Daniel Revie20-11-191717-11-2001 
Walker, Harold Allen   
Walker, James Arthur "Jim"00-00-191808-02-1944 
Walker, James Elmslie04-04-191925-04-1944 
Walker, Peter Russell00-00-191400-00-1980 
Walker, Ronald Arthur 09-07-1944 
Walkup, Henry Ronald Vincent   
Wallace, George James   
Wallens, Ronald Walter01-02-191614-11-1995 
Walsh, Peter Thomas   
Walshe, Ernest Paul25-03-1918  
Walton, William George Evans 09-09-1944 
Wandzilak, Stanislaw23-07-191729-11-2000more 
Warburton, Adrian "Warby"10-03-191812-04-1944 
Ward, Derek Harland31-07-191717-06-1942 
Ward, Ellacott Lyne Stephen22-08-190502-10-1991 
Warden, George William   
Warnes, Geoffrey22-10-191422-02-1944 
Warren, Charles15-11-191819-10-2005 
Warren, James Walter 20-02-1944 
Warwick, Harold Frank   
Warwick, James Brown00-00-192119-09-1944 
Wasey, Walter Hughes07-08-192127-05-1993 
Watkinson, Charles   
Watson, Anthony  more 
Watt, Charles Anderson05-11-1919  
Watts, Frederick Henry Arthur26-02-192006-08-2007 
Watts, Jack Vincent00-00-1920 more 
Waud, Kenneth Leslie   
Weatherill, Douglas Alfred 'Punch' 24-06-1944 
Weaver, Percy Stevenson 31-08-1940 
Webb, Alfred Denys  more 
Webb, George Francis Herbert 02-05-1945 
Webb, Walter John Stanley 04-11-1942 
Webster, Alexander   
Webster, Frederick David 31-03-1942 
Wedzik, Marian03-11-191315-10-1977more 
Weir, Archibald Nigel Charles 07-11-1940 
Wellburn, Dennis Crosby00-00-191301-09-1943 
Wells, Edward Preston26-07-191601-11-2005 
Wells, Richard John 16-03-1942 
Wellum, Geoffrey Harry Augustus04-08-192118-07-2018 
Welsh, Terence Deane 00-00-1980 
Westlake, George Herbert21-04-191818-01-2006 
Wheeler, Albert Edward 20-03-1943 
Wheeler, Desmond Edwin Braddon   
Whelan, James Roger29-04-191408-03-1985 
White, Albert Cartledge 16-06-1947 
White, Harold Edward23-05-192325-03-1990 
White, John Henry 18-11-1943 
Whitham, James   
Whitney-Straight, Wellard06-11-191205-04-1979 
Whittaker, Ivan00-00-192100-00-1979more 
Whittall, Hubert Richard   
Whittingham, Harold John10-07-1918  
Whittingham, Richard Tiley   
Whitworth, John Nicholas Haworth10-01-191213-11-1974 
Whymark, John Percy09-01-192004-10-1945 
Wickham, Peter Reginald Whalley26-03-191829-04-1970more 
Wicks, Bryan John00-00-192012-10-1942 
Wicky, Edward George "Ted" 04-02-1945 
Wight, Ronald Derek Gordon08-12-191511-08-1940 
Wightman, William Taylor Forest "Freddie"03-05-1909  
Wijnberg, Abraham Victor27-11-192000-10-1991 
Wildey, Richard Kemp "Dick" 15-10-1942 
Wildsmith, Hugh Errol Noel   
Wilkinson, Reginald Eric 27-11-1944 
Willan, George Maxwell18-11-192022-06-1997 
Willans, Derek Alan 28-05-1941 
Willcox, Eric Peter 01-09-1941 
Willers, Albert George   
Williams, Albert 13-06-1944 
Williams, Albert George   
Williams, John 19-02-1943 
Williams, John Edwin Ashley "Willy"06-05-191929-03-1944 
Williams, Robin Walton   
Williams, Timothy John Wilder00-00-191501-01-1979 
Williams, Vernon Albert   
Willits, William Edward   
Wills, John Fowler "Tubby"00-00-191900-11-1950more 
Wilson, Claud Robert 12-11-1945 
Wilson, Clement Watt "Tug"15-11-191923-12-1992 
Wilson, Colin Howard 31-03-1944 
Wilson, Warren Leonard   
Winchester, Kenneth Frederick John 15-10-1942 
Windmill, Stanley Arthur   
Winkler, Witold Kazimierz00-01-1917 more 
Winskill, Archibald Little "Archie"24-01-191709-08-2005 
Witherden, Wyndham William   
Withers, Claude Desmond09-03-192215-10-2006 
Witt, Dennis Theodore27-09-1915  
Wiza, Franciszek Antoni28-02-191612-10-1956more 
Wodzicki, Mariusz Marcin "Alfred"12-05-191530-10-1942more 
Wojcik, Jozef   
Wolf, van der, Gerrit 'Flip'11-04-191624-06-1985 
Wolfe, Denzil Lloyd14-03-191714-07-1943 
Wolfe, Edward Chatham09-11-191100-04-1994more 
Wolff, de, Wilhelmus00-00-1918  
Womersley, Albert Leslie24-09-191103-10-1984 
Wonnacott, Gordon10-10-1914  
Wood, Cyril Patrick Joseph17-03-191914-04-1942 
Wood, Geoffrey Flindell07-09-1906  
Woodroffe, John 09-10-1957 
Woodruff, Dennis Charles   
Woodward, Herbert John 30-10-1940 
Woolley, Frank Geoffrey01-06-192228-11-1959more 
Woolnough, Arthur Sidney07-04-1918  
Wootten, Ernest Waite "Bertie"05-11-191830-04-1999 
Worrall, John19-04-191114-01-1988 
Wray, Albert Roland   
Wright, Allan Richard12-02-192000-01-2008 
Wright, Frederick Richard12-05-1924  
Wright, Harold John Alfred "Harry"28-12-191929-01-1991 
Wright, Harry Cecil   
Wright, Jerauld George31-08-1917  
Wright, John Douglas  more 
Wyatt, Geoffrey Middleton   
Wynne-Powell, Geoffrey Trevor00-00-1915