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

Obverse View

The Air Force Medal obverse view

Reverse View

The Air Force Medal reverse view

About this medal

The Air Force Medal (AFM) was instituted in 1918 at the same time as the Air Force Cross. The AFM was awarded to non commissioned officers and men of the Air Force for displaying courage and devotion to duty while flying on operations which were not active against an enemy. Only a very small number of AFMs were ever awarded to New Zealanders. In 1993, the AFM was replaced in the United Kingdom by the Air Force Cross for all ranks.

In 1999 the AFM was replaced in New Zealand by the New Zealand Gallantry Decoration (for acts of gallantry) and by the New Zealand Bravery Decoration (for acts of bravery).

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.