Skip to main content

Distinguished Flying Medal: CM.1196-2009

An image of Distinguished Flying Medal

Terms of use

These images are provided for non-commercial use under a Creative Commons License (BY-NC-ND). To license a high resolution version, please contact our image library who will discuss fees, terms and waivers.

Download this image

Creative commons explained - what it means, how you can use our's and other people's content.

Alternative views

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Mint: London
Ruler: George V (1910-36)
State: United Kingdom
Ruler: GEORGIUS V BRITT: OMN: REX ET IND IMP: (With the title of)




With the creation of the Royal Air Force in 1918, Army and Navy medals were no longer appropriate awards for acts of gallantry in the air, and new awards were created. The Distinguished Flying Cross was instituted in 1918 for officers, and the Distinguished Flying Medal for NCOs and men. It is still on current issue.
Precise dating of this example is difficult, beyond the fact that it is an issue of George V's reign and was in the Watson Collection by 1928. The recipient was Sergeant Mechanic M. Jones of the RAF, and the lack of unit makes it likely that it was an early award. It was purchased by Lester Watson at some point before 1928.


History note: Gift of L. Hoyt Watson; ex Lester Watson Collection, bt before 1928

Legal notes

Given by Lester Watson through Cambridge in America, 2009

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 35 mm
Weight: 41.29 g

Place(s) associated

  • London

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (2009) by Watson, Lester


1918 - 1928

Materials used in production


Techniques used in production


Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of George facing left

  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

Inscription present: Victory seated on aeroplane fuselage with hawk on outstretched hand

  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

References and bibliographic entries

Related exhibitions

Identification numbers

Accession number: CM.1196-2009
Primary reference Number: 141290
Watson Catalogue: 86
Ordering: M-0079
Previous object number: LW.0079
Stable URI

Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Monday 15 January 2024 Last processed: Monday 15 January 2024

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Coins and Medals

Citation for print

This record can be cited in the Harvard Bibliographic style using the text below:

The Fitzwilliam Museum (2024) "Distinguished Flying Medal" Web page available at: Accessed: 2024-04-19 03:51:08

Citation for Wikipedia

To cite this record on Wikipedia you can use this code snippet:

{{cite web|url= |title=Distinguished Flying Medal |author=The Fitzwilliam Museum|accessdate=2024-04-19 03:51:08|publisher=The University of Cambridge}}

API call for this record

To call these data via our API (remember this needs to be authenticated) you can use this code snippet:

Bootstrap HTML code for reuse

To use this as a simple code embed, copy this string:

<div class="text-center">
    <figure class="figure">
        <img src=""
        alt="Distinguished Flying Medal"
        class="img-fluid" />
        <figcaption class="figure-caption text-info">Distinguished Flying Medal</figcaption>

More objects and works of art you might like

Distinguished Flying Medal

Accession Number: CM.7136-2007

Distinguished Flying Medal

Accession Number: CM.7140-2007

Distinguished Flying Cross

Accession Number: CM.7132-2007

Distinguished Conduct Medal

Accession Number: CM.1193-2009

Suggested products from Curating Cambridge

You might be interested in this...

Sign up for updates

Updates about future exhibitions and displays, family activities, virtual events & news. You'll be the first to know...