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Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)

The Distinguished Flying Cross (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
Aanjesen, Ola Gert30-08-1918  
Abbey, James Ernest05-01-1916  
Abecassis, George Edgar21-03-191310-12-1991 
Abell, John William00-00-1910  
Abraham, Ernest Joseph26-02-192015-03-1994 
Acheson, John William00-00-1914  
Acworth, Richard Alvin "Acky"19-12-191601-03-1971 
Adams, Donald Albert00-00-1921  
Adams, Ernest Allen00-00-1918  
Adams, Jack Sylvester11-05-1917  
Adams, Norman Thomas00-00-192124-07-2004 
Adams, Reginald Arthur   
Adams, William Houghton00-00-191717-08-1989 
Adams, Willis Edward00-00-1920  
Adamson, Arthur Christopher   
Addison, William Nathan12-08-191900-10-1989 
Aduckiewicz, Marian02-08-191721-11-2005more 
Affleck, John Robert Clark (Johny)   
Agrios, James Edward 08-10-1990 
Ahalt, Roy Mathias00-00-1918  
Aikman, Alan Frederick05-03-1919  
Ainslie, Allan Stuart01-04-191329-06-1940 
Ainslie, Thomas Edgar Craig00-00-1917  
Ainsworth, Gerald William00-00-1918  
Ainsworth, Sydney 21-10-1978 
Aitken, John William Maxwell, 2nd Baronet15-02-191001-05-1985 
Albert, Earl Thomas01-03-1920 more 
Alberts, Edward John00-00-1919  
Alcorn, Douglas Henderson   
Alderdice, William Wade00-00-1917  
Aldred, Elwood Morton26-06-191427-05-2006 
Aldred, Joel Waldon00-00-1920  
Aldrich, John Gerald00-00-1918  
Aldridge, Deryck Reginald   
Aldridge, Kenneth Arthur 21-11-1943 
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, George Ingram00-00-190822-01-1945 
Allan, James Colomba00-00-1921  
Allan, James Llewellyn00-00-192105-11-1944 
Allan, John Watson "Iain"06-05-191809-07-1988 
Allan, Robert Patrick00-00-1922  
Allan, William Edward00-00-1924  
Allard, Bernard Louis Philip00-00-1924  
Allard, Geoffrey20-08-191213-03-1941 
Allcroft, Frederick Charles00-00-192303-01-1944 
Allen, Daniel Frederick00-00-1921  
Allen, Derek Hurlstone 18-05-1940 
Allen, Ernest Ellwood00-00-1921  
Allen, Ethan 2nd00-00-1919  
Allen, Hubert Raymond "Dizzy"19-03-191931-05-1987 
Allen, John Laurence 24-07-1940 
Allen, Lawrence Arnold00-00-191728-04-1944 
Allen, Michael Seamer15-03-192506-06-2001 
Allen, Robert Swinton24-07-191400-00-1982more 
Allen, Ronald James   
Allison, Harold Dennis Charles00-00-1922  
Alverson, James Rees00-00-192000-00-2000 
Ameresekere, Ekanayake Edward Rohan21-05-191620-03-1974more 
Amsterdam, van, Andreas Antonius Johannes13-11-191727-03-1945 
Anderson, Alan Ford21-11-191019-12-2002more 
Anderson, Albert Erik00-00-192000-00-1971 
Anderson, Charles Henry00-00-1921  
Anderson, Donald Robert00-00-1921  
Anderson, Gordon Doak22-01-192327-11-2006 
Anderson, Gustav Sune Lawrence   
Anderson, James Clapham   
Anderson, John Alan 23-03-1965 
Anderson, John Andrew Joseph Carruthers   
Anderson, Leonard Gerhard00-00-1913  
Anderson, Leslie Scofield00-00-191722-10-1910 
Anderson, Peter Murray "Andy"09-04-192211-04-1945 
Anderson, Robert Thomas30-12-191905-10-2001 
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  
Andersz, Tadeusz27-10-191829-10-2007more 
Andlauer, Louis Jacques Victor06-11-191901-12-1999 
Andrew, Emerson William00-00-1918  
Andrew, Raymond00-00-1925  
Andrew, Robert Arthur   
Andrewartha, Charles Donald "Andy"15-04-191606-09-1973more 
Andrews, Donald Roy00-00-1921  
Andrews, Frederick John   
Andrieux, Jacques Marie Anne15-08-191721-01-2005 
Andrusikiewicz, Roman Wojciech Jozef19-03-1922  
Andruszko, Michal Stanislaw00-00-191700-00-1987more 
Anemaet, Ricardo Antonio Dionicio "Cardo"21-04-191229-12-1991 
Angell, Gerald Ellis Lintott00-02-1921  
Angell, Henry Ellis00-00-191605-12-2010 
Angus, Allen Benjamin10-05-191816-05-1940 
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  
Annandale, James   
Annesley, George William00-00-1916  
Anthony, Roy Frederick00-00-1920  
Appleby, Arthur William00-00-1916  
Appleton, Charles Arthur Plewman00-00-192000-00-1998 
Arbon, Paul Wade08-02-192121-11-1968 
Arbuckle, George Frederick00-00-192102-03-1994 
Arbuckle, William Morton00-00-1915  
Archambault, Robert Francis00-00-1917  
Archer, Gordon Walter00-00-191813-01-1982 
Archer, Harold Jack   
Archer, Phillip Leslie Irving00-00-1917  
Arciuszkiewicz, Eugeniusz07-02-190710-12-1983more 
Ardeline, Paul00-00-1917  
Ardis, Beverley Donn "Joe"00-00-192206-05-1997 
Ardis, Victor Dempster00-00-1917  
Arens, Hermanus Josephus Aloysius Caecilia22-11-191422-10-2005 
Armitage, Dennis Lockhart28-03-191205-03-2004 
Armitage, Robert Munday00-00-191419-06-1997 
Armstrong, Frederick Finlay00-00-191804-11-1997more 
Armstrong, Hugo Throssell "Sinker"09-06-191605-02-1943 
Armstrong, Lloyd George00-00-191709-01-1994 
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 Keever02-11-191306-12-1961 
Arnold, Harold Frederick   
Arnot, Donald MacKenzie00-00-191821-01-1944 
Arnott, Morley Albert   
Arriens, Jan Willem27-06-1922  
Arthur, Charles Ian Rose "Duke"04-06-191813-10-1998 
Arthur, Lawrence   
Arthur, Wilfred Stanley07-12-191923-12-2000more 
Ashcroft, Alfred Edward David 06-10-1944 
Ashfield, Glyn 12-12-1942 
Ashworth, Arthur 'Artie'03-05-192019-02-1994more 
Asjes, Dirk Lucas21-06-191101-02-1997more 
Aston, Frederick Cuthbert12-09-191900-03-2003 
Atcherley, David Francis William12-01-190408-06-1952more 
Atkins, Eric Granville19-03-1921 more 
Atkinson, Gordon Barry07-02-1921  
Atkinson, Harold Derrick19-08-191825-08-1940 
Aubertin, Pierre Gaston22-03-191507-03-1949 
Auckland, Ronald James18-01-192222-07-2016 
Audet, Richard Joseph "Dick"13-03-192203-03-1945 
Austin, John Beech17-07-191712-01-2012 
Ayles, Reginald Norman00-00-191900-00-1992