Similar to the Distinguished Flying Cross in that it may only be awarded for an act of exceptional valour, courage, or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy, the Distinguished Flying Medal was awarded to NCO's and other ranks. The medal features the head of the reigning Monarch with an effigy of Athena Nike on the reverse, bearing a Hawk with spread wings, and the words "For Courage". The medal is hung from a white ribbon with purple diagonal stripes.

 

DFM = Distinguished Flying Medal

RCAF = Royal Canadian Air Force

 

1st Airborne Division

 

Name

Unit

S/Sgt Harold Norman Andrews DFM

Glider Pilot Regiment

S/Sgt Ronald Reid Calder

Glider Pilot Regiment

S/Sgt Albert Vincent Dance

Glider Pilot Regiment

S/Sgt Robert Gordon Douglas

Glider Pilot Regiment

S/Sgt Samuel Gregory Isaacs

Glider Pilot Regiment

S/Sgt William Mather

Glider Pilot Regiment

Sgt John Edward Masini

Glider Pilot Regiment

S/Sgt Joseph Alyosious Rye

Glider Pilot Regiment

S/Sgt George Frederick Stremes

Glider Pilot Regiment

S/Sgt Cyril Wilfred Twiggs

Glider Pilot Regiment

S/Sgt Charles Rollett Watkinson

Glider Pilot Regiment

 

Royal Air Force

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

F/Sgt A. McHugh

437 Squadron

RCAF

F/Sgt J. R. Masini

512 Squadron

-

F/Sgt J. A. Thompson

196 Squadron

-

F/Sgt J. S. Welton

190 Squadron

-

 

RASC Air Despatch

 

Name

Unit

Remarks

L/Cpl W. Whittaker

-

-

Cpl W. Hutchinson

-

-