Distinguished Flying Cross (Engraved)


SKU: 02.USA.0114.101.01.001

  • Distinguished Flying Cross (Engraved) Obverse
  • Distinguished Flying Cross (Engraved) Reverse

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  • Country
    United States
  • Composition
  • Inscription
    Rev: [engraved] S. SGT. / WILLIAM E. KELLEY JR. / A.C
  • Size
  • Version Remarks
    The rank, regiment and actions of the recipient will influence the value of the decoration.

Physical Description and Item Details

Kelley, Jr. enlisted for service with the United States Army Air Forces on January 9, 1942. His photography experience would aid him in his career in the Air Force. He served in the Pacific theater during the Second World War, one location acknowledged as having been in New Guinea, as evidenced by the inscription on the reverse of the photographer. He was an Aerial Photographer assigned to two 5th Air Force Bombardment Squadrons.


The Distinguished Flying Cross was established by President Calvin Coolidge by Act of Congress on July 2, 1926, and was made retroactive to reward service backdating to April 6, 1917. Before the Second World War, the Cross was awarded to aviation pioneers in recognition of breaking long distance, endurance, or altitude records. In 1927, the award criteria of the Cross was amended to be restricted to Officers and enlisted men of the Armed Forces who distinguished themselves by heroism or extraordinary achievement while in aerial flight. During wartime, members of the Armed Forces of friendly foreign Nations are also eligible for the award. A notable recipient of the Cross is Amelia Earhart, who was the only female civilian to be awarded the Cross.

Bronze or silver oak leaf emblems are worn on the ribbon of members of the Army and Airforce to denote additional awards, while gold and silver star emblems are worn on the ribbon of members of the Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard to denote subsequent awards. When the Cross is awarded for acts of heroism, a Combat Distinguished Device (a bronze emblem in the shape of a "V") is worn on the ribbon of members of the Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps.

There may be additional versions of the Cross which vary by composition.

It is uncertain if the Cross was officially engraved with the recipient's details on the reverse.


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