DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS (DFC)
The cross is awarded to officers and Warrant Officers for an act or acts
of valour, courage or devotion to duty performed whilst flying in active
operations against the enemy. The slip-on bar has an eagle in the centre.
The year of the award is engraved on the reverse.
A straight silver bar is awarded for a further act or acts of valour, courage
or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy.
The slip-on bar has an eagle in the centre. The year of the award is engraved
on the reverse.
A cross flory, 2.125 inches wide, with the horizontal and base bars terminated
with bumps, the upper bar with a rose.
Aeroplane propellers are superimposed upon the vertical arms of the cross.
Within a central winged roundel which is encircled by a wreath of laurels
and surmounted by an Imperial Crown, appear the letters RAF. The wings
of the roundel fall upon the horizontal arms of the cross.
In the central circle the Royal Cypher (GV, GVI, EIIR) appears above the
date . The year of issue is engraved on the lower arm.
The straight bar has two sprigs of laurel at the bottom which form a slot
for a king ring to attach it to the small ring at the top of the medal.
The ribbon is 1.25 inches wide, and consists of alternating violet and
white stripes (0.125 wide) leaning to the left at 45 degrees from the vertical.
The violet colour 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 DFC is issued unnamed.
The award was established on 03 June 1918, the birthday of King George