Distinguished Flying Cross Miniature
The miniature Distinguished Flying Cross awarded across all ranks of the RN, RM, Army, and RAF in recognition of exemplary gallantry during active operations against the enemy in the air. A silver bar ornamented by an eagle may be issued to DFC holders performing a further act of such valour which would have merited award of the DFC. Instituted in 1918, the Distinguished Flying Cross was issued for acts of valour while flying in operations against the enemy to warrant officers and officers of the RAF. It was later made available to equivalent ranks in the RN and Army for acts of valour in the air.
The equivalent award for the other ranks for acts of valour in the air on operations against the enemy was the Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM), instituted at the same time as the DFC and which was also later made available to other ranks of the RN and Army.
Following the 1993 review, the DFM was discontinued and the DFC became available to all ranks of all services for exemplary gallantry in the air in presence of the enemy. It is at a level below the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross and is at the equivalent level to the Distinguished Service Cross (for exemplary gallantry at sea) and the Military Cross (for exemplary gallantry on land).