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British Commonwealth Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards - The Distinguished Flying Medal

Obverse View

The Distinguished Flying Medal obverse view

Reverse View

The Distinguished Flying Medal reverse view

About this award

The Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) was instituted in 1918. It was awarded to non commissioned officers and men of the Air Force for displaying courage and devotion to duty while flying on active operations. During the Second World War its coverage was extended to Army and Fleet Air Arm personnel engaged in similar operations. Approximately 200 DFMs were awarded to New Zealanders for actions during the Second World War. In 1993, the DFM was replaced in the United Kingdom by the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) for all ranks.

In 1999 the DFM was replaced in New Zealand by the New Zealand Gallantry Decoration.

Royal Warrant

Many British awards have a considerable history and the Royal Warrants which instituted them have been subject to significant amendment during their currency. More information on the Royal Warrants and criteria for the British Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards can be found in the publications listed in the Bibliography. A publication titled British Gallantry Awards by P.E. Abbott and J.M.E. Tamplin is particularly recommended.

Regulations

Most Gallantry, Meritorious and Distinguished Service Awards do not have separate Regulations. Instructions for their administration are usually included in the Royal Warrant.

Clasps and Bars

Bars are awarded for subsequent courageous acts.

Order of Wear

The position of this award in the Wearing of Medals in New Zealand Table can be viewed here.