Distinguished Flying Cross


: a British military decoration awarded for acts of gallantry when flying in operations against an enemy
: a U.S. military decoration awarded for heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight

Examples of Distinguished Flying Cross in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An aerial gunner and assistant flight engineer, Sergeant McMullen was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his service with the 14th Air Force’s 308th Bomber Group (Heavy), which flew B-24 Liberators in support of Chinese ground forces. Ann Scott Tyson, The Christian Science Monitor, 3 Nov. 2023 As a flight officer, Kraft received the Distinguished Flying Cross during Operation Desert Storm in the early 1990s for combat missions flown off an aircraft carrier — the Midway. John Wilkens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 25 Mar. 2023 Holder was awarded two Distinguished Flying Cross Medals, six Air Medals, a Presidential Citation, and six Commendation Medals throughout his Navy career before being honorably discharged in 1948, according to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. Robert Anglen, The Arizona Republic, 1 Mar. 2023 He’s credited for shooting down nine German planes and was awarded both a Purple Heart and a Distinguished Flying Cross. Olivia Morley, ajc, 5 June 2022 By the end of his career, Cavazos held two Silver Stars, two Legions of Merit, a Distinguished Flying Cross, five Bronze Stars with Valor, a Purple Heart and two Distinguished Service Crosses. Emily Caldwell, Dallas News, 25 Aug. 2021 His military decorations included the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, the Bronze Star Medal, nine awards of the Air Medal and the Air Force Commendation Medal. Washington Post, 2 Mar. 2021 Over the course of his career he was awarded 18 decorations for military service including the Purple Heart, Silver Star, Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Air Medal. Guest Blogger, Discover Magazine, 11 Mar. 2013 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1918, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Distinguished Flying Cross was in 1918

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“Distinguished Flying Cross.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Distinguished%20Flying%20Cross. Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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