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
Jack, Hugh Clayton00-00-1921  
Jackson, Benjamin Parker00-00-1917  
Jackson, Burton Henry Peter00-11-191926-10-2006more 
Jackson, John Francis "Old John"23-02-190828-04-1942more 
Jackson, Victor Lewis   
Jacobs, Henry "Jake"00-04-190709-10-1978more 
Jakusz-Gostomski, Franciszek Jozef17-08-191715-09-1943 
James, Ross 03-09-1941 
Jameson, Patrick Geraint10-11-191201-10-1996more 
Jankiewicz, Jerzy15-07-191325-05-1942 
Jarkowski, Boleslaw Zenon06-08-191321-09-1997 
Jarman, Geoffrey Twyford20-02-190600-00-1983 
Jaronski, Tomasz Feliks   
Jay, Dudley Trevor00-00-192124-10-1940 
Jeff, Robert Voase31-03-191311-08-1940 
Jefferies (Latimer), Jerrard 15-04-1943 
Jeffrey, Alistair John Oswald 25-07-1940 
Jenkins, Denzil Plummer00-00-1922  
Jenkins, John Fraser Grant 27-03-1942 
Jenkins, John George   
Jicha, Vaclav10-02-191401-02-1945more 
Johnson, Christopher Snowden19-11-191500-12-1978 
Johnson, George Vincent   
Johnson, Howard Bertram   
Johnson, James Edgar "Johnnie"09-03-191530-01-2001more 
Johnson, Joseph Albert Lawless "Joe"22-02-1915  
Johnson, Miles Andrew 28-09-1944 
Johnson, Richard Kenneth Howard00-00-192031-01-1945 
Johnson, Robert William15-04-1920  
Johnstone, Alexander Vallance Riddell "Sandy"02-06-191613-12-2000 
Jolly, William Porter   
Jones, Edgar Frederick Arthur   
Jones, Edward Gordon31-08-191420-02-2007 
Joughin, Ronald Theodore 27-06-2011