The Distinguished Flying Cross, established in June 1918, was by its nature traditionally an RAF distinction, however it was widened to include members of the Glider Pilot Regiment. It was awarded to Officers and Warrant Officers for an act of valour or devotion to duty whilst flying in the face of the enemy. The cross has a bomb at the end of each arm; the vertical arms feature an embossed propellar, while the horizontal have wings which support a laurel wreath and rose at the centre of the design. The white ribbon has a series of diagonal purple lines running parallel.

 

AFC = Air Force Cross

 

1st Airborne Division

 

Name

Unit

Maj John Frank Bernard Blatch

Glider Pilot Regiment

Capt Christopher Bradford Dodwell

Glider Pilot Regiment

Maj Stewart Cathie Griffiths

Glider Pilot Regiment

Lt George Rose Innes Masters Stokes

Glider Pilot Regiment

Maj Thomas Ian Jodrell Toler

Glider Pilot Regiment

 

Royal Air Force

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

Squadron Leader Rex Daniel AFC

48 Squadron

-

F/Lt Jimmy Edwards

271 Squadron

Wounded, (ref.)

F/O Dennis Henden Hardwick

299 Squadron

-

F/O Harry McKinley

575 Squadron

Wounded, (ref.)

WO Albert Smith

575 Squadron

Wounded