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Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients

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List of most famous Distinguished Flying Cross recipients since its inception. Photos are included for almost every Distinguished Flying Cross medal winner. Recipients of the Distinguished Flying Cross in every year are listed here alphabetically, but you can sort this Distinguished Flying Cross list by any column. Here are also notable Bronze Star Medal recipients as well as famous Purple Heart winners

List features Bernard W. Rogers, Bud Day, and more notable US airmen. Featuring civilian DFC winners, WWII winners, and more, this list has it all. 

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Adrian Cole is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Adrian Cole
Air Vice Marshal Adrian Lindley Trevor Cole, CBE, DSO, MC, DFC (19 June 1895 – 14 February 1966) was a senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). Joining the army at the outbreak ...more
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Alan Smith is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Alan Smith
Sir Alan Smith, CBE, DFC*, was a British World War II Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfire fighter ace and businessman.
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Clark Gable is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
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Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor... is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Andrew Frederick Weatherby (Anthony) Beauchamp-Proctor, (4 September 1894 – 21 June 1921) was a South African airman and a recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the ...more
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Bernard W. Rogers is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Bernard William Rogers (July 16, 1921 – October 27, 2008) was a United States Army general who served as the 28th Chief of Staff of the United States Army, and later as NATO's Supreme Allied ...more
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Billy Bishop is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
William Avery Bishop, (8 February 1894 – 11 September 1956) was a Canadian flying ace of the First World War. He was officially credited with 72 victories, making him the top Canadian and ...more
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Brian Lane is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Brian Lane
Squadron Leader Brian "Sandy" Lane DFC, was a British Battle of Britain fighter pilot and author. Born in Pannal, Harrogate, England, Lane grew up in Pinner before entering the RAF in ...more
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Bud Day is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
George Everette "Bud" Day (24 February 1925 – 27 July 2013) was a United States Air Force officer, aviator, and veteran of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War. He was also a ...more
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Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
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Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
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George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
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Wilbur Wright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
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Amelia Earhart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
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Gene Roddenberry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Gene Roddenberry
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Christopher Quintin Bran... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Christopher Quintin Brand
Air Vice Marshal Sir Christopher Joseph Quintin Brand (25 May 1893 – 7 March 1968) was a South African officer of the Royal Air Force.
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Orville Wright is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
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Chuck Yeager is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Charles Elwood Yeager (; born February 13, 1923) is a former United States Air Force officer, flying ace, and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have ...more
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Clive Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Clive Caldwell
Clive Robertson Caldwell, (28 July 1911 – 5 August 1994) was the leading Australian air ace of World War II. He is officially credited with shooting down 28.5 enemy aircraft in over 300 ...more
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David H. Hackworth is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
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Douglas Bader is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader, (; 21 February 1910 – 5 September 1982) was a Royal Air Force flying ace during the Second World War. He was credited with 22 aerial victories, ...more
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Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
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Dan Rowan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
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Earl E. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
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Forrest S. Petersen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Forrest Silas Petersen (May 16, 1922 – December 8, 1990), (VADM, USN), was a United States Navy aviator and test pilot. He was one of twelve pilots who flew the North American X-15, an ...more
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Geoffrey Allard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Geoffrey Allard
Geoffrey "Sammy" Allard & Bar (12 August 1912 – 13 March 1941) was a Royal Air Force (RAF) flying ace of the Second World War. Allard scored 19 victories against enemy aircraft, as ...more