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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, and later as NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, Europe and Commander in Chief, United ...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 who served during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, including five years and seven months as a ...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 the Second World War. He was credited with 20 aerial ...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

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George Beurling is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
George Frederick "Buzz" Beurling DSO, DFC, DFM & Bar, RAF & RCAF, was the most successful Canadian fighter pilot of the Second World War. Beurling was recognised as ...more

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George Patton IV is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
George Smith Patton, IV was a major general in the United States Army and the son of World War II general, George S. Patton, Jr.. He served in the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

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George Scratchley Brown is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
George Scratchley Brown was a United States Air Force general who served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In this capacity, he served as the senior military adviser to the President ...more

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Harry Broadhurst is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Harry Broadhurst Air Chief Marshal Sir Harry Broadhurst GCB KBE DSO* DFC* AFC, was a senior Royal Air Force commander and flying ace during the Second World War.

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Harry Cobby is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Air Commodore Arthur Henry Cobby, CBE, DSO, DFC & Two Bars, GM was an Australian military aviator. He was the leading fighter ace of the Australian Flying Corps during World War I, with 29 ...more

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Henry Cave-Browne-Cave is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Henry Cave-Browne-Cave Air Vice Marshal Henry Meyrick Cave-Browne-Cave CB, DSO, DFC, RAF was an engineering officer in the Royal Naval Air Service during World War I and senior commander in the Royal Air Force during ...more

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Henry John Burden is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Henry John Burden Henry John Burden DSO, DFC was a Canadian First World War flying ace, officially credited with 16 victories. The son of Charles Eldridge and Maggie Burden, and grandson of department store ...more

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James L. Holloway III is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
James Lemuel Holloway III is a retired United States Navy admiral and naval aviator who was highly decorated for his actions during World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. After the ...more

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many ...more

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James Stockdale is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
James Bond Stockdale was a United States Navy vice admiral and one of the most-highly decorated officers in the history of the U.S. Navy. Stockdale led aerial attacks from the carrier USS ...more

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Jimmy Doolittle is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle was an American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War and was ...more

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Joe McCarthy is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Joe McCarthy Joseph Charles "Big Joe" McCarthy DSO DFC CD RCAF was an American-Canadian Royal Canadian Air Force RAF Bomber Command aviator in World War II. He was born on Long Island and grew up ...more

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John McCain is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
John Sidney McCain III was an American politician and naval officer who served as a United States Senator from Arizona from 1987 until his passing. He previously served two terms in the United ...more

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John R. Deane, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
John Russell Deane, Jr. was a highly decorated United States Army officer with the rank of General. He served as commander of the United States Army Materiel Command.

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Johnny Checketts is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Johnny Checketts Wing Commander John "Johnny" Milne Checketts, DSO, DFC was a New Zealand World War II Flying ace, who destroyed 14½ enemy aircraft, had three probables and damaged 11. He was ...more

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Robert Kingston is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Robert Charles Kingston was an United States Army general who served as the commander of U.S. Central Command.

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Joseph Kittinger is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Joseph William Kittinger II is a retired Colonel in the United States Air Force and a USAF Command Pilot. Following his initial operational assignment in fighter aircraft, he participated in ...more

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Robert Michael White is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Robert Michael "Bob" White, was an American military aircraft test pilot, electrical engineer, and a Major general in the United States Air Force. White broke a number of records with ...more

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Leonard Cheshire is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Group Captain Geoffrey Leonard Cheshire, Baron Cheshire VC, OM, DSO & Two Bars, DFC was a highly decorated British RAF pilot during the Second World War and later philanthropist. Among the ...more

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Roland Beamont is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Wing Commander Roland Prosper "Bee" Beamont CBE, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar was a British fighter pilot and test pilot for the Royal Air Force during the Second World War, and the ...more

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Lloyd Chadburn is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Lloyd Vernon "Chad" Chadburn DSO & Bar, DFC was a Canadian World War II fighter pilot.

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Lloyd Rowland is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Lloyd Rowland is the Deputy Director of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. As Deputy Director he assists the Director in formulating policy and managing agency activities in order to ...more

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Sir Max Aitken, 2nd Baronet is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Sir John William Maxwell "Max" Aitken, 2nd Baronet, DSO, DFC, formerly 2nd Baron Beaverbrook, was a British Conservative politician and press baron, the son of Max Aitken, 1st Baron

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Neil Cameron, Baron Cameron of... is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
Neil Cameron, Baron Cameron of Balhousie Marshal of the Royal Air Force Neil Cameron, Baron Cameron of Balhousie KT, GCB, CBE, DSO, DFC was a senior officer in the Royal Air Force. He fought in World War II as a fighter pilot taking ...more

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Bob Braham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Distinguished Flying Cross Recipients
John Randall Daniel "Bob" Braham DSO & Two Bars, DFC & Two Bars, AFC, CD was a Royal Air Force night fighter pilot and fighter ace during the Second World War. Braham was born ...more