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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

Grid List
NameDate of birthDate of deathAwards
Allard, Geoffrey20-08-191213-03-1941 
Ayles, Reginald Norman00-00-191900-00-1992 
Archer, Harold Jack   
Andersz, Tadeusz27-10-191829-10-2007more 
Aduckiewicz, Marian02-08-191721-11-2005more 
Andruszko, Michal Stanislaw00-00-191700-00-1987more 
Adams, Willis Edward00-00-1920  
Auckland, Ronald James18-01-192222-07-2016 
Adams, Jack Sylvester11-05-1917  
Allcroft, Frederick Charles00-00-192303-01-1944 
Armstrong, Frederick Finlay00-00-191804-11-1997more 
Anderson, James Clapham   
Atkinson, Gordon Barry07-02-1921  
Andrusikiewicz, Roman Wojciech Jozef19-03-1922  
Archer, Gordon Walter00-00-191813-01-1982 
Abell, John William00-00-1910  
Aldred, Joel Waldon00-00-1920  
Armitage, Dennis Lockhart28-03-191205-03-2004 
Annandale, James   
Addison, William Nathan   
Allen, Hubert Raymond "Dizzy"19-03-191931-05-1987 
Alderdice, William Wade00-00-1917  
Ainsworth, Sydney 21-10-1978 
Allan, George Ingram00-00-190822-01-1945 
Allan, John Watson "Iain"06-05-191809-07-1988 
Abraham, Ernest Joseph26-02-192015-03-1994 
Adamson, Arthur Christopher   
Abbey, James Ernest05-01-1916  
Affleck, John Robert Clark   
Arbon, Paul Wade08-02-192121-11-1968 
Ashcroft, Alfred Edward David 06-10-1944 
Anderson, Alan Ford21-11-191019-12-2002more 
Ainslie, Allan Stuart01-04-191329-06-1940 
Anderson, Robert Thomas30-12-191905-10-2001 
Appleton, Charles Arthur Plewman00-00-192000-00-1998 
Anemaet, Ricardo Antonio Dionicio "Cardo"21-04-191229-12-1991 
Acworth, Richard Alvin "Acky"19-12-191601-03-1971 
Ardis, Beverley Donn "Joe"00-00-192206-05-1997 
Aston, Frederick Cuthbert12-09-191900-03-2003 
Anderson, Peter Murray "Andy"09-04-192211-04-1945 
Anderson, Gordon Doak22-01-192327-11-2006 
Aldridge, Deryck Reginald   
Audet, Richard Joseph "Dick"13-03-192203-03-1945 
Adams, Reginald Arthur   
Allen, Michael Seamer15-03-192506-06-2001 
Aanjesen, Ola Gert30-08-1918  
Arens, Hermanus Josephus Aloysius C.22-11-191422-10-2005 
Amsterdam, van, Andreas Antonius Johannes13-11-191727-03-1945 
Asjes, Dirk Lucas21-06-191101-02-1997more 
Angus, Allen Benjamin10-05-191816-05-1940 
Angell, Henry Ellis00-00-191605-12-2010 
Arthur, Wilfred Stanley07-12-191923-12-2000more 
Abecassis, George Edgar21-03-191310-12-1991 
Acheson, John William00-00-1914  
Adams, Donald Albert00-00-1921  
Adams, Ernest Allen00-00-1918  
Adams, Norman Thomas00-00-192124-07-2004 
Adams, William Houghton00-00-191717-08-1989 
Agrios, James Edward   
Ahalt, Roy Mathias00-00-1918  
Aikman, Alan Frederick05-03-1919  
Ainslie, Thomas Edgar Craig00-00-1917  
Ainsworth, Gerald William00-00-1918  
Aitken, John William Maxwell15-02-191001-05-1985 
Albert, Earl Thomas00-00-1922  
Alberts, Edward John00-00-1919  
Alcorn, Douglas Henderson   
Aldred, Elwood Morton26-06-191427-05-2006 
Aldrich, John Gerald00-00-1918  
Aldwinckle, Robert Morrison28-07-192000-00-2003 
Alexander Edward Sudbury 14-01-1944 
Alexander, Robert Wilfred20-08-192021-09-1944 
Alger, Clifford Tompkins 01-08-2008 
Allan, James Colomba00-00-1921  
Allan, James Llewellyn00-00-192105-11-1944 
Allan, Robert Patrick00-00-1922  
Allan, William Edward00-00-1924  
Allard, Bernard Louis Philip00-00-1924  
Allen, Daniel Frederick00-00-1921  
Allen, Ernest Ellwood00-00-1921  
Allen, Ethan 2nd00-00-1919  
Allen, John Laurence 24-07-1940 
Allen, Lawrence Arnold00-00-191728-04-1944 
Allen, Robert Swinton24-07-191400-00-1982more 
Allen, Ronald James   
Allison, Harold Dennis Charles00-00-1922  
Alverson, James Rees00-00-1920  
Amerasekera, Ekanayake Edward Rohan21-05-191620-03-1974 
Anderson, Albert Erik00-00-192000-00-1971 
Anderson, Charles Henry00-00-1921  
Anderson, Donald Robert00-00-1921  
Anderson, Gustav Sune Lawrence   
Anderson, John Alan 23-03-1965 
Anderson, John Andrew Joseph Carruthers   
Anderson, Leonard Gerhard00-00-1913  
Anderson, Leslie Scofield00-00-191722-10-1910 
Anderson, Ronald Amos00-00-1921  
Anderson, Willard Leslie00-00-191627-10-2004 
Anderson, William Andrew00-00-191812-02-1942 
Anderson, William Brodie00-00-191408-06-1944 
Anderson, William George   
Anderson, William John00-00-1922  
Anderson, William Robert Weir00-00-1920  
Andlauer, Louis Jacques Victor06-11-191901-12-1999 
Andrew, Emerson William00-00-1918  
Andrew, Raymond00-00-1925  
Andrew, Robert Arthur   
Andrewartha, Charles Donald "Andy"15-04-191606-09-1973 
Andrews, Donald Roy00-00-1921  
Andrews, Frederick John   
Andrieux, Jacques Marie Anne15-08-191721-01-2005 
Angell, Gerald Ellis Lintott00-02-1921  
Angus, Arthur George00-00-1913  
Angus, James Russell00-00-1914  
Angus, Thomas Anderson00-00-191516-06-2005 
Annan, Douglas Bruce05-05-191700-07-1990 
Annand, Favell Clinton00-00-1919  
Annesley, George William00-00-1916  
Anthony, Roy Frederick00-00-1920  
Appleby, Arthur William00-00-1916  
Arbuckle, George Frederick00-00-192102-03-1994 
Arbuckle, William Morton00-00-1915  
Archambault, Robert Francis00-00-1917  
Archer, Phillip Leslie Irving00-00-1917  
Ardeline, Paul00-00-1917  
Ardis, Victor Dempster00-00-1917  
Armitage, Robert Munday00-00-191419-06-1997 
Armstrong, Hugo Throssell "Sinker"09-06-191605-02-1943 
Armstrong, Lloyd George00-00-1917  
Armstrong, Norman Henry00-00-1922  
Armstrong, Stanley William00-00-1923  
Armstrong, William Albert00-00-191625-12-1992 
Armstrong, William Norman00-00-1920  
Arne, Ira Clifford 23-02-2008 
Arnfield, Stanley John03-10-191324-09-1954 
Arnill, William Robert00-04-1915  
Arnold, Alfred Joseph00-00-1921  
Arnold, Charles Keever00-00-1913  
Arnold, Harold Frederick   
Arnot, Donald MacKenzie00-00-191821-01-1944 
Arnott, Morley Albert   
Arriens, Jan Willem   
Arthur, Charles Ian Rose "Duke"04-06-191813-10-1998 
Arthur, Lawrence   
Ashfield, Glyn 12-12-1942 
Ashworth, Arthur03-05-192019-02-1994more 
Atcherley, David Francis William12-01-190408-06-1952more 
Atkins, Eric Granville19-03-1921 more 
Atkinson, Harold Derrick19-08-191825-08-1940 
Aubertin, Pierre Gaston22-03-191507-03-1949 
Austin, John Beech17-07-191712-01-2012