Definition of DFC in English:


  • (in the UK) Distinguished Flying Cross, a decoration for distinguished active service awarded to members of the RAF, instituted in 1918.

    • ‘Instituted in 1918, the Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC) was issued for acts of valour while flying in operations against the enemy to warrant officers and officers of the Royal Air Force.’
    • ‘Squadron Leader Learmonth was awarded a Distinguished Flying Cross for his attack on the destroyer, and a bar in August 1943 as Commanding Officer of No.22 Squadron.’
    • ‘Along the way, he earned the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross and 16 Air Medals.’
    • ‘He was also awarded three Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star and an Air Medal.’
    • ‘John Riggs spent 39 years in the Army, earning a Distinguished Flying Cross for bravery during the Vietnam War and working his way up to become a three-star general entrusted with creating a high-tech Army for the 21st century.’
    • ‘Not only was he a hero to me because he was my uncle, but he'd been fêted widely as a daring pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force, decorated with a Distinguished Flying Cross and Bar.’