Established on May 11, 1942 the Air medal was awarded retroactive to September 8, 1939. And was awarded to anyone who distinguished themselves by meritorious achievement while participating in aerial flight.
Men who received the Air Medal more than one time where denoted by “Oak leaf Clusters displayed on the medal and ribbon.
Air medals with “Nummerals” on them were given during the Vietnam War, when the number of Air medals awarded became to large to be annotated on a single ribbon. Also on February 29, 1964 a “V”device was awarded for the Air medal for acts of Heroism.
Obverse: The medal is shaped like a compass rose with a eagle carrying two lighting flashes in its talons. A “fleur de lis“ at the top point holds the suspension ring.
Reverse: Also the shape of a compass rose with the central portion plain for engraving the name of the Recipient.