Distinguished Flying Medal
The award was made to non-commissioned officers and men for an act
or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty performed whilst flying
in active operations against the enemy.
A straight slip-on silver bar with an eagle in the centre was awarded
for a further act that would have warranted the medal. The year of the
award was engraved on the back of the bar. None was to a Canadian.
An oval, silver medal, 1.375 inches wide and 1.625 inches long.
King George V: A bareheaded coinage effigy, facing left, and
GEORGEIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:
King George VI: A bareheaded coinage effigy, facing left, and
GEORGEIVS VID: G: BR: OMN: REX F. D: IND: IMP:
Within a wreath of laurel, Athena Nike is shown seated on an aeroplane,
a hawk rising from her right arm above the words FOR COURAGE.
A bomb is attached to the clasp and ribbon by two wings.
The ribbon is 1.25 inches wide, and consists of alternate violet and
white stripes (0.0625 [1/16]" wide) leaning 45 degrees
to the left. A violet stripe is to appear in the bottom left and upper
right corners when viewed on the wearer's chest. Until 1919, the stripes
The medal was engraved with the service number, rank, initials, surname
and service. During WWI the medal was impressed.
The DFM was instituted on 03 June 1918.
A total of 556 DFMs awarded to Canadians, plus 136 to RAF/RNZAF/RAAF
personnel serving in RCAF squadrons.
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