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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. 

  • Adrian Cole1

    Adrian Cole

    Air Vice Marshal Adrian Lindley Trevor Cole, CBE, DSO, MC, DFC (19 June 1895 – 14 February...  more
  • Alan Smith2

    Alan Smith

    Sir Alan Smith, CBE, DFC*, was a British World War II Royal Air Force Supermarine Spitfire...  more
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  • Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor4
    Andrew Frederick Weatherby (Anthony) Beauchamp-Proctor, (4 September 1894 – 21 June 1921) was...  more
  • Bernard W. Rogers5
    Bernard William Rogers (July 16, 1921 – October 27, 2008) was a United States Army general who...  more
  • Billy Bishop6
    William Avery Bishop, (8 February 1894 – 11 September 1956) was a Canadian flying ace of the...  more
  • Brian Lane7

    Brian Lane

    Squadron Leader Brian "Sandy" Lane DFC, was a British Battle of Britain fighter pilot and...  more
  • Bud Day8
    George Everette "Bud" Day (24 February 1925 – 27 July 2013) was a United States Air Force...  more
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  • Charles Lindbergh10
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    Wilbur Wright (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912) was the older of the two Wright brothers (the...  more
  • Amelia Earhart13
    Amelia Mary Earhart (, born July 24, 1897; disappeared July 2, 1937) was an American aviation...  more

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    Christopher Quintin Brand

    Air Vice Marshal Sir Christopher Joseph Quintin Brand (25 May 1893 – 7 March 1968) was a...  more
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  • Chuck Yeager17
    Charles Elwood Yeager (February 13, 1923 – December 7, 2020) was a former United States Air...  more
  • Clive Caldwell18

    Clive Caldwell

    Clive Robertson Caldwell, (28 July 1911 – 5 August 1994) was the leading Australian air ace...  more
  • David H. Hackworth19
    David Haskell Hackworth (November 11, 1930 – May 4, 2005) also known as Hack, was a prominent...  more
  • Douglas Bader20
    Group Captain Sir Douglas Robert Steuart Bader, (; 21 February 1910 – 5 September 1982) was a...  more
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  • Earl E. Anderson23
    General Earl Edward Anderson (June 24, 1919 – November 12, 2015) was an American Marine Corps...  more
  • Forrest S. Petersen24
    Forrest Silas Petersen (May 16, 1922 – December 8, 1990), (VADM, USN), was a United States...  more
  • Geoffrey Allard25

    Geoffrey Allard

    Geoffrey "Sammy" Allard & Bar (12 August 1912 – 13 March 1941) was a Royal Air Force (RAF)...  more