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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Gabszewicz, Aleksander06-12-191110-10-1983more 
Gaisford, Reginald George   
Galer, Robert Edward23-10-191327-06-2005 
Gardner, Peter Melville01-07-191823-05-1984 
Gardner, William Steven   
Gaskin, Maxwell00-00-192100-04-2012 
Gathercole, Denys Henson Hugh 08-06-1944 
Gatward, Alfred Kitchener "Ken"28-08-191419-11-1998more 
Gaunce, Lionel Manley "Elmer"20-09-191519-11-1941 
Gaynor, John Henry18-10-191703-03-1944 
Gaze, Frederick Anthony Owen "Tony"03-03-1920 more 
Gear, Alan Walter02-02-191622-05-2003 
Gee, Ronald   
Gentile, Dominic Salvatore "Don"06-12-192028-01-1951 
George, Andrew00-00-192300-00-1994 
Getteman, Neville Robert   
Gibbes, Robert Henry Maxwell "Bobby"06-05-191611-04-2007 
Gibson, Guy Penrose12-08-191819-09-1944more 
Gifford, Patrick31-01-191016-05-1940 
Gilbert, Alexander Charles05-10-1921  
Gilbert, Humphrey Trench03-11-191902-05-1942 
Gilbert, Robert Houston   
Gillam, Denys Edgar18-11-191500-09-1991 
Gillies, Reginald Joseph   
Gillin, Robert Clark "Bob"13-10-191709-07-2006 
Gillman, Ronald Edward  more 
Gilroy, George Kemp01-06-1914  
Glaser, Ernest Derek20-04-192100-11-2001 
Gleed, Ian Richard03-07-191616-04-1943 
Glegg, Alexander Joseph 00-00-1987 
Glen, Arthur Allan02-05-191819-12-1979 
Glowacki, Antoni10-02-191027-04-1980more 
Glyde, Richard Lindsay29-01-191413-08-1940 
Gobbie, Anthony Francis   
Goddard, Henry Gordon 13-11-1972more 
Godefroy, Hugh Constant28-10-191903-04-2002 
Goldie, Thomas Hugh Evelyn05-12-191923-12-2010 
Golton, James Henry   
Gonay, Henri Alphonse Clement21-06-191314-06-1944 
Goodman, George Ernest08-10-192014-06-1941 
Goodman, Jack Richard "Benny"10-01-192113-08-2007 
Gordon, Kenneth James,   
Gore, William Ernest00-00-191528-09-1940 
Gosnell, Robert Jerram00-00-191100-00-1993 
Gowers, Arthur Vincent "Gus"18-06-191324-10-1943 
Gracie, Edward John21-09-191115-02-1944 
Graham, Robert Leslie14-09-191112-06-1953 
Grant, Frank George10-08-191800-09-1975 
Grant, Reginald Joseph Cowan03-06-191428-02-1944more 
Grassick, Robert Davidson "Bob Jumbo"22-05-191700-00-1978 
Graves, Thomas Kenneth   
Gray, Clifford Kempson   
Gray, Colin Falkland09-11-191401-08-1995 
Gray, Kenneth Neil09-11-191401-05-1940 
Green, Charles Llewellyn23-09-191210-06-2001 
Green, Charles Patrick30-03-191410-04-1999 
Green, Frederick Ernest01-03-191601-07-2001more 
Greenhill, Cedric Alan Sykes   
Greenleaf, Edward John 04-09-2010more 
Greenslade, William Roy00-00-191702-10-1942 
Gregory, William James "Bill" "Sticks"23-11-191306-10-2001 
Gregson, William   
Grey, John Francis00-00-191200-00-1964 
Grier, Thomas Michael00-00-191805-12-1941 
Griffiths, Derek Gordon   
Griffiths, Desmonds Robert   
Griffiths, Frank Cromwell 00-03-1996more 
Griffiths, John Francis 09-05-1945 
Griffiths, Stewart Cathie16-06-191407-04-1993 
Griffiths, Theodore "Theo" 29-08-2016 
Grime, William Jeffrey Owen   
Groot, de, Gijsbertus Hermanus00-00-1918  
Groves, Jack Lawson   
Groves, Terrence Alfred Kenneth   
Guerin, M.   
Guizard, Gaston   
Guyt, Henri Willem00-00-191408-06-1983