Distinguished Flying Cross

Distinguished Flying Cross
The Distinguished Flying Cross ( DFC ) is the U.S. military’s highest aviations medal and is given to any officer or enlisted member of the U.S. Armed Forces who distinguishes him or herself in support of operations by “Heroism or extraordinary achiement while participating in an aerial flight, subsequent to November 11, 1918

The DFC was authorized by Section 12 of the Air Corps Act enacted by the U.S. Congress on July 2, 1926, as amended by Executive Order 7786 on January 8, 1938

The award could be retroactive to cover notable achievements back until the beginning of World War 1. During World War 2 the medal’s award criteria varied widely depending on the “Theater of Operations, Aerial combat and the missions accomplished.
In Europe some bomber crews (often the sole survivors ) of their wing or Group received it for completing a Tour of Duty ( 25 Missions ). Elsewhere different criteria were used

During wartime members of the Armed Forces of Friendly Foreign Nations serving with the U.S. are eligible for the DFC. It is also given to those who display “Heroism while working as instructors or students at flying schools”

The DFC was designed by Elizabeth Will & Arthur E. DuBois.

Obverse: Is the image of a propeller with four blades, with one blade in each arm of the cross. In the re-entrant angels of the cross are “rays” that form a square. The cross is suspended by a rectanglular bar and centered on this is a plain shield.

Reverse: Is blank and it is suitable for engraving the winner’s name and rank.

Additional awards: Are shown with “Oak Leaf Clusters ( Air force, Army ), and by “5/16 inch Stars for the Navy, USMC and the Coast Guard.
The Air Force , Nayv & USMC may authorize the ”V”device for wear to denote valor on combat.
BUT it’s not authorized to be worn by the Army. In the Army the DFC is awarded exclusively for heroism in combat whereas the other services can award the medal for “Extraordinary achievement

Source:
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distinguished_Flying_Cross_(United_States)

Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross
Distinguished Flying Cross