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
Ladro, Edmund Andrzej17-07-191310-07-1996 
Laird, George Johnstone   
Lake, John Roy   
Lake, Roy Cyril   
Lallemant, Raymond A.23-08-191730-01-2008 
Lamason, Phillip John15-09-191819-05-2012more 
Lambert, Kenneth James00-00-192028-05-1944 
Lambert, Ronald Truzwell00-00-190411-12-1984 
Lammer, Ritter von, Alfred28-11-190904-10-2000 
Latta, John Blandford06-08-191412-01-1941 
Lawrence, Kenneth Aubyn Hassel00-00-1917  
Lawson, Louis Basil13-02-191325-02-1972 
Layne, Walter Henry "Wally"05-12-1916  
Le Roux, Jacobus Johannes00-00-192029-08-1944 
Lea, Harold Rodney   
Leary, David Cooper00-00-192128-12-1940 
Leather, Johnson   
Leatherdale, Francis Ridley00-00-192223-03-2016 
Ledger, William Horace   
Lee, George Theodore05-08-191905-10-1954more 
Lee, Richard Hugh Anthony "Dickie"00-00-191718-08-1940 
Lees, Ronald Beresford27-04-191018-05-1991more 
Legge, Brian Pauncefoote05-05-1920 more 
Legge, John Thomas Edward   
Leggo, Jack Frederick21-04-191600-00-1983 
Lemon, Peter Coplestone   
Lennard, Wilfred Arthur  more 
Lett, John Joseph07-10-192100-00-1991 
Lewis, Albert Gerald10-04-191814-12-1982 
Lewis, Frank Edward00-00-1922  
Lewis, John Albert   
Lewis, Norman John27-11-190719-10-1988 
Lewis, Wilfred John "Mike"24-03-1918  
Lewis, William John   
Leydon, James Patrick02-06-192318-12-1993 
Liddle, Arthur   
Lierde, van, Remi14-08-191508-06-1990 
Lister, Frederick Wooldridge29-03-1920  
Liszka, Stanislaw   
Litchfield, Norman Eric07-04-1914  
Little, James Hayward  more 
Livry-Level, Philippe Paul Dominique16-06-189814-12-1960more 
Lock, Eric Stanley00-00-192003-08-1941 
Lockhart, William Guy10-06-191628-04-1944 
Loeff, Erik Cornelis00-00-1915  
Lokuciewski, Witold01-02-191717-04-1990more 
Loney, Wesley Glen  more 
Long, Donald George00-00-191831-01-1943 
Long, Frank Hugh 13-03-1941 
Long, Ronald Walter00-00-192016-09-1944more 
Longhurst, Leonard James   
Longton, Denis   
Lonsdale, Douglas Herbert Scott 03-01-1943 
Lord, David Samuel Anthony18-10-191319-09-1944more 
Love, Raymond Charles   
Lovell, Anthony Desmond Joseph09-08-191917-08-1945 
Lovell, Peter Wilson00-07-192100-03-1966 
Lovett, Reginald Eric00-00-191307-09-1940 
Lucas, Frederick John "Popeye"18-08-191504-10-1993 
Lyle, Lewis E. 06-04-2008 
Lynch, Anthony Ives Hostage20-07-191225-10-1996 
Lynes, Gavin John 09-05-1941 
Lynn, Lewis Alan   
Lyons, Emanuel Barnett00-00-191800-00-1992