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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 was a senior commander in the Royal Australian Air Force. Joining the army at the outbreak of World War I, he transferred to the ...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
Clark Gable was an American film actor, often referred to as "The King of Hollywood" or just simply as "The King". Gable began his career as a stage actor and appeared as an ...more
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Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Captain Andrew Frederick Weatherby Beauchamp-Proctor, VC, DSO, MC and bar, DFC was a South African recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious 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 was a United States Army general who served as the Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army. Besides the Distinguished Service Cross, his decorations included the Defense ...more
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Billy Bishop is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Air Marshal William Avery "Billy" Bishop, VC, CB, DSO & Bar, MC, DFC, ED, LL.D. was a Canadian First World War flying ace, officially credited with 72 victories, making him the top ...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 Everett "Bud" Day was a United States Air Force colonel and pilot including five years and seven months as a POW in North Vietnam. Day was a recipient of the Medal of Honor and ...more
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Buzz Aldrin is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Buzz Aldrin is an American engineer and former astronaut, and the second person to walk on the Moon. He was the Lunar Module Pilot on Apollo 11, the first manned lunar landing in history. He set ...more
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Charles Lindbergh is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Charles Augustus Lindbergh, nicknamed Slim, Lucky Lindy, and The Lone Eagle, was an American aviator, author, inventor, military officer, explorer, and social activist. As a 25-year-old U.S. Air ...more
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George H. W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
George Herbert Walker Bush (June 12, 1924 - November 30, 2018) was an American politician who served as the 41st President of the United States from 1989 to 1993. Prior to assuming the ...more
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Wilbur Wright is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912) was the older of the two Wright brothers (the other being Orville), two Americans credited with inventing and building the world's first successful ...more
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Amelia Earhart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Amelia Mary Earhart was an American aviation pioneer and author. Earhart was the first female aviator to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She received the U.S. Distinguished Flying Cross for ...more
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Gene Roddenberry is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry was an American television screenwriter, producer, populistic philosopher, satirist, and futurist. He is best remembered for having created the ...more
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Christopher Quintin Brand is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Christopher Quintin Brand
Air Vice Marshal Sir Christopher Joseph Quintin Brand KBE, DSO, MC, DFC, 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 "Chuck" Yeager is a retired brigadier general in the United States Air Force and record-setting test pilot. In 1947, he became the first pilot confirmed to have traveled ...more
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Clive Caldwell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Clive Caldwell
Group Captain Clive Robertson Caldwell DSO, DFC & Bar 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
Colonel David Haskell Hackworth, also known as "Hack," was a highly decorated United States Army soldier, having received 24 decorations for heroism in combat during the Korean and ...more
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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 CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar, FRAeS, DL was a Royal Air Force fighter ace during WWII. He was credited with 20 aerial victories, four shared ...more
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Douglas MacArthur is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Douglas MacArthur was an American five-star general and Field Marshal of the Philippine Army. He was Chief of Staff of the United States Army during the 1930s and played a prominent role in the ...more
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Dan Rowan is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Daniel Hale "Dan" Rowan was an American comedian. He was featured in the television show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, where he played straight man to Dick Martin.
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Earl E. Anderson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
General Earl Edward Anderson, the youngest active duty Marine ever promoted to the rank of General and the second active duty Marine Naval Aviator to be promoted to a 4-star rank, became ...more
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Forrest S. Petersen is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Vice Admiral Forrest S. Petersen was a United States Navy aviator and test pilot.
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Geoffrey Allard is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Geoffrey Allard
Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey "Sammy" Allard DFC, DFM & Bar was a British RAF flying ace of the Second World War. Allard scored 19 victories against enemy aircraft, as well as five ...more