Distinguished Flying Cross

Item

Title

Distinguished Flying Cross

Description

Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) awarded to Group Captain H.T. Miles

A cross flory with the horizontal and base bars terminated with bumps, the upper bar with a rose.

Front:
Airplane 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.
Reverse:
In the central circle the Royal Cypher (GV, GVI, EIIR) appears above the date . The year of issue is engraved on the lower arm, 1942.

Second DFC ribbon awarded in 1944 is also included. Eagle on front, 1944 engraved on reverse of bar.

All contained in satin lined presentation box.

Date

1942, 1944

Format

Sterling Silver, ribbon, satin lined box

Identifier

009.038.001

Provenance

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.

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.

During the Second World War: 4,018 were issued to members of the RCAF, plus 213 first bars and 6 second bars

When Wing Comm. H. T. Miles received his bar from King George, he didn't have anything to attach it to, so he put it in his pocket. After he went back to his seat, he took his handkerchief out of his pocket to blow his nose and the bar fell out of his pocket and bounced over to where the King was standing. Miles had to walk over and pick it up in front of him.

Rights Holder

2021 Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum, Mount Hope, Ontario, Canada.

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