Air Force Medal TERMS
The Air Force Medal is awarded to non-commissioned officers and men for an act or acts of
valour, courage or devotion to duty performed whilst flying, though not in active
operations against the enemy.
A straight slip-on silver bar is awarded for a further act that would have warranted the
medal. The year of the award is engraved on the back of the bar.
An oval, silver medal, 1.375 inches wide and 1.625 inches long.
King George V: A bareheaded coinage effigy, facing left, and the legend:
GEORGEIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:
King George VI: A bareheaded coinage effigy, facing left, and the legend:
GEORGEIVS VI D: G: BR: OMN: REX F. D: IND: IMP:
Queen Elizabeth II: A bareheaded effigy, facing right, with the legend:
ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID: DEF:
Within a wreath of laurel, Hermes (facing right) is shown, mounted on a hawk in flight and
bestowing a wreath. The date 1918 appears behind Hermes on the King George VI and Queen
Elizabeth II medals.
A bomb is attached to the clasp and ribbon by two wings.
The ribbon is 1.25 inches wide, and consists of alternate red and white stripes (0.0625 [1/16]" wide) leaning 45 degrees to the left. A red stripe is to
appear in the bottom left and upper right corners when viewed on the wearer's chest. Until
1919, the stripes were horizontal.
The medal is engraved with the service number, rank, initials, surname and service of the
recipient. The engraving was very crude due to the convex nature of the edge of the
medals. During WWI the medal was impressed.
The AFM was instituted on 03 June 1918.
There were 40 AFMs awarded to Canadians (no bars).
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