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Distinguished Flying Medal: CM.1196-2009

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Object information

Current Location: In storage

Maker(s)

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

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Description

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.

Notes

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

Dating

1918 - 1928

Materials used in production

Silver

Techniques used in production

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Inscription or legends present

Inscription present: Bust of George facing left

  • Text: GEORGIUS V BRITT. OMN: REX ET IND: IMP:
  • Location: Obverse
  • Type: Design

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

  • Text: FOR COVRAGE
  • Location: Reverse
  • Type: Design

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Identification numbers

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

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