Distinguished Flying Medal

Awarded to non-commissioned officers and men for an act or acts of exceptional valour, courage or


devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy

Distinguished Flying Medal

Medal:


Oval,  1 3/8 inches in diameter, silver


Obverse:

King George V:  A bareheaded coinage effigy, facing left and the legend

GEORGEIVS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:

Reverse:

A wreath of laurel, a representation of Athena Nike seated on an aeroplane,

with a hawk rising from her right arm above the words


Bars:


A straight silver bar with an eagle in the centre is awarded for a further act that would have merited award of the DFM.

The year of the award was engraved on the back of the bar.Awarded for additional acts of gallantry (silver laurelled bar)


Mounting:


A bomb is attached to the clasp and ribbon by two wings


Ribbon:


1¼ inches with alternate narrow diagonal stripes of white and deep purple.


Awarded to:


Non-commissioned officers and men for an act or acts of exceptional valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying

in active operations against the enemy.

The medal was engraved with the service number, rank, initials, surname and service.

Military awards have the service number, full name and unit or service engraved and civil awards usually have the names in full

engraved around the rim.


History:


Instituted June 3, 1918, until 1919 the stripes were horizontal.  The DFM was awarded to non-commissioned officers and men

for acts of valour while flying in operations against the enemy.

Following the 1993 review, the DFM was discontinued and the DFC became available to all ranks of all services

for exemplary gallantry in the air in the presence of the enemy.
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