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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Haddlesey, Ernest Francis George00-00-192200-00-1989 
Hahn, John Aneck00-00-1919  
Haig, Douglas David   
Haine, Richard Cummings06-10-191630-09-2008 
Haines, Leonard Archibald 30-04-1941 
Halahan, Patrick John Handy   
Hallowes, Herbert James Lempriere "Darkey"17-04-191220-10-1987 
Hamar, Jack Royston21-12-191424-07-1940 
Hampshire, Keith McDermott10-09-1914 more 
Hampson, Gilbert Barrett   
Hampson, Richard Gordon02-05-1921 more 
Hanbury, Osgood Villiers "Pedro"00-00-191803-06-1943 
Hancock, Norman Patrick Watkins04-08-191900-04-2003 
Hanks, Peter Prosser29-07-191700-00-1986 
Hanna, Kenneth Charles28-04-1923  
Hanus, Josef11-09-191321-04-1992more 
Harborow, Donald Raymond 00-00-1985 
Harder, John Worthington27-07-192325-07-1977 
Hardman, James Donald Innes21-12-189902-03-1982more 
Hardwick, Dennis Henden   
Hargreaves, Benjamin   
Harley, Clyde Mervyn Walter   
Harnett, Thomas Patrick 19-12-1985 
Harper, Robert Howard17-08-191502-12-1944 
Harries, Raymond Hiley00-00-191614-05-1950 
Harrington, Ralph Henry   
Harris, Paul Ivor14-12-190629-12-1985 
Harris-St. John, Charles Dugdale   
Harrison, Alfred Geoffrey   
Harrison, Harvey William22-05-1922  
Harrison, Samuel John   
Harrison, Thomas Harris   
Hart, 't, Jaap 27-03-2007more 
Hart, John Stewart00-00-1916  
Hart, Kenneth Graham24-04-192128-12-1944 
Harte, Frazer Apsley 09-10-1941 
Harvey, Roy Charles   
Hastie Jones, Christopher   
Haviland, John Kenneth19-01-192101-07-2002 
Haw, Charlton00-00-192000-00-1993more 
Hawkins, Desmond Ernest   
Hay, Robert Claude04-11-191313-02-1944 
Haydon, Raymond George "Ray" 16-12-2010 
Hayes, Thomas Norman26-06-191217-07-2010 
Haysom, Geoffrey David Laybourne 00-00-1979 
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Healey, Everard Frank Gray 13-01-1943 
Heard, Bernard William   
Hearn, Edward Harty Elliot20-03-192129-08-2015 
Heath, Wilfred Clyde 18-11-1944 
Heijnert, Félicité Pierre André22-01-191426-07-1945 
Helfer, Terence22-02-192029-10-2010 
Hemingway, John Allman00-07-1919  
Henderson, Jack 22-12-1942 
Henderson, Selby Roger24-04-191804-04-1940 
Henneberg, Zdislaw Karol11-05-191112-05-1941 
Henzel, Edward Sydney   
Herod, George Edward "Ted"07-08-192016-04-2003 
Hesketh, Cedric Rossall   
Hess, Alexander04-05-189810-08-1981more 
Hesselyn, Raymond Brown13-03-192014-11-1963 
Hewitson, John Loch "Gugu"20-04-1918 more 
Hewlett, Colin Roy 12-12-1942 
Heyworth, Alexander James05-06-192210-06-2010 
Hicks, Edward Francis   
Higginson, Frederick William "Taffy"17-02-191312-02-2003 
Hiles, Waldo Harry Bentley00-00-191324-08-1943 
Hill, George Urquhart29-10-191800-11-1969 
Hills, Albert John William   
Himr, Jaroslav17-06-191712-09-1943more 
Hirszbandt, Robert Juliusz11-09-189902-06-1942more 
Hoboken, Jacques Robert Christiaan10-04-191126-11-1943 
Hockey, Ronald Clifford   
Hodges, Lewis MacDonald01-03-191804-01-2007more 
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Hogan, Henry Algernon Vickers "Harry"25-10-190928-06-1993 
Hogg, Fancis Emslie   
Holden, Eustace "Gus"28-12-1912  
Holden, George Walton16-09-191316-09-1943more 
Holden, Kenneth 00-00-1991 
Holder, Paul Davie02-09-191122-04-2001more 
Holderness, Harold Hardwicke Clarke06-01-191521-03-2007 
Hole, Charles Edwin Michael Beverley   
Holland, Robert Hugh "Bob" 17-11-1954 
Holland, William John00-00-1924  
Holmes, Huntley Gordon31-08-191614-04-2006 
Holmes, Walter T. "Tom"04-02-1919 more 
Homer, Michael Giles00-00-191927-09-1940 
Honert, van den, Ritsaert30-06-192026-10-1995 
Honor, Dudley Sandry Garton05-09-191926-12-2007 
Hookway, Stanley Gordon 05-03-1943 
Hooper, Robin William John 00-06-1989 
Hooton, George Douglas   
Hope, Archibald Philip   
Hope, Robert Bernard16-01-191203-04-1943 
Hopgood, John Vere "Hoppy"29-08-192117-05-1943 
Horbaczewski, Eugeniusz "Dziubek"28-09-191718-08-1944more 
Horrocks, John25-06-1922  
Horswill, Thomas Stanley07-04-1916  
Houle, Albert Ulrich "Bert"24-03-191401-06-2008 
Houlton, John Arthur23-09-192216-04-1996more 
Howard-Jones, Geoffrey Markham11-09-191916-12-2015 
Howe, Norman C.R.   
Howell, Edward Alexander22-03-191204-08-2000 
Howell, Frank Jonathan25-01-191209-05-1948 
Howes, Arthur Edwin Stuart "Ted"17-11-191822-02-2009 
Hoy, John Cecil17-07-1917  
Hudson-Beck, Cyril Aubrey  more 
Hughes, Frederick Desmond06-06-191911-01-1992more 
Hughes, James Roland00-00-1921  
Hughes, John McCulloch Middlemore13-02-191707-12-1940 
Hughes, Paterson Clarence19-09-191707-09-1940 
Hugo, Petrus Hendrik20-12-191706-06-1986more 
Hull, Ceasar Barrand23-02-191307-09-1940 
Humpherson, John Bernard William00-00-191622-06-1941 
Humphrey, James10-10-1921 more 
Humphreys, Jack David00-10-191902-08-1942 
Humphreys, John George18-05-1919  
Humphreys, Peter Harry00-00-192011-11-1947 
Hunter, Graham   
Hyde, Eric Charles   
Hyde, Ernest Leslie00-00-191429-04-1942