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Distinguished Flying Cross (United States)

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  • Glenn Preston Wheeler (1918 - 2006)
    He was a tail gunner in a B-17 bomber during World War II and completed 30 bombing missions over Germany. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Find a Grave Birth: Apr. 26, 1918 Cotton Co...
  • Dean Leth Maughan (1924 - 2013)
    Find a Grave Birth: May 1, 1924 Detroit Wayne County Michigan, USA Death: Nov. 7, 2013 Layton Davis County Utah, USA Dean Leth Maughan Someone once said, "A journey is best measured in friend...
  • Jimmy Stewart (1908 - 1997)
    Jimmy Stewart was one of Hollywood's most respected and admired stars during his long movie career. He won an Academy Award in 1940 and was considered by many critics to be one of the great leading m...
  • Jim Hensley (1920 - 2000)
    James Willis Hensley (April 12, 1920 – June 21, 2000) was an American businessman in the beer industry. Hensley was born in Texas and moved to Arizona during his youth. He was a bombardier on B-17 ...
  • Stanley Allen Castleman (1929 - 2011)

The Distinguished Flying Cross is a military decoration awarded to any officer or enlisted member of the United States Armed Forces who distinguishes himself or herself in support of operations by "heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight, subsequent to November 11, 1918.

The Distinguished Flying Cross was authorized by Section 12 of the Air Corps Act enacted by the United States Congress on July 2, 1926, as amended by Executive Order 7786 on January 8, 1938. This act provided for award “to any person, while serving in any capacity with the Air Corps of the Army of the United States, including the National Guard and the Organized Reserves, or with the United States Navy, since the 6th day of April 1917, has distinguished, or who, after the approval of this Act, distinguishes himself, or herself by heroism or extraordinary achievement while participating in an aerial flight.