Instituted in 1918, the Distinguished Flying Cross
(DFC) was issued for acts of valour while flying in operations against the enemy to warrant officers and officers of the Royal Air Force.
DANGEROUS MISSIONS: William Thomas's medals include a Distinguished Flying Cross
For their aerial skill and heroism in combat, both Captain Howe and Captain Campbell received the Distinguished Flying Cross
Equels, an Army aviator who was honored seven times for heroism in Vietnam, has been inducted in the Distinguished Flying Cross
Society, comprised exclusively of war heroes who received the highest honor for military flying.
In addition to the Medal of Honor, Foss received the Distinguished Flying Cross
, the Bronze Star, the Silver Star, and the Purple Heart.
Air Marshall William Avery Bishop, Victoria Cross, Companion of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath, Distinguished Service Order and Bar, Military Cross, Distinguished Flying Cross
, Mentioned in Despatches, Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur, Croix de Guerre, was many things to many people.
Grills would later be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
Frand was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
twice as well as the Air Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters.
The guest speaker is Colonel Rich Graham USAF Retired SR71 - Blackbird pilot who was Vice Wing Commander at Beale Air Force Base during which time he collected military awards including three Legion of Merit awards, four Distinguished Flying Cross
medals and 19 Air Medals.
John "Jack" Hamilton Nicholls, who became a Flight Commander and received the Distinguished Flying Cross
, is noted for his attacks on enemy aircraft.
To add further poignancy to the momentous occasion, the Vulcan will be piloted by Martin Withers, who captained Vulcan XM607 on the famous Black Buck raid on Port Stanley Airport during the 1982 Falklands conflict, initiating the campaign that would recapture the islands and earning him a Distinguished Flying Cross
for his heroics.
Captain Horsfall was Captain Horsfall was Mentioned in Despatches in 1915, received the MC in 1916, and the Distinguished Flying Cross
John MacPherson, 92, was a pathfinder navigator on raids from 1941 to 1944, and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
by King George VI in 1943.
Clr Martyn Bolt, whose uncle Norman Bolt (inset) flew more than 50 missions and earned the Distinguished Flying Cross
, said the memorial was needed to recognise the devastation and loss of life.
He went on to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross
and was promoted to Flight Commander with 65 Squadron and later led eight Spitfires from HMS Furious to relieve Malta.