Flying Cross (Airman's Cross)


SKU: 02.NLD.0184.101.01.000

Estimated market value:

$800-1350 USD

  • Flying Cross (Airman's Cross)
  • Flying Cross (Airman's Cross) Reverse
  • Flying Cross (Airman's Cross)
  • Flying Cross (Airman's Cross) Reverse

Estimated market value:

$800-1350 USD


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  • Version Remarks
    This version presents the ribbon of a four time recipient.

Physical Description and Item Details

Netherlands, Kingdom. An Airman's Cross to a Four Time Recipient, English-Made, c.1945

(Vliegerkruis). Instituted in 1941. In silver, marked "SILVER" on the reverse, made in England during the Second World War German occupation of the Netherlands of 1943-1944, measuring 30.5 mm (w) x 34 mm (h) inclusive of its laterally-pierced ball suspension, very light contact, crown clasp (Mentioned in Despatches) and IV Wings clasp (four time recipient of the award) affixed to its original ribbon, near extremely fine. In its hardshelled case of issue, white thatched-look exterior, inside lid in white satin and maker marked "SPINK & SON Ltd", base in black felt and incorporating a recessed medal bed, lightly soiled on the exterior, case also near extremely fine.


The Flying Cross is awarded to Dutch and foreign military personnel in recognition of gallantry during flying missions. The cross is meant for individuals who displayed during one of more flights in an aircraft, initiative, courage and perseverance against the enemy or during hostile actions. The cross is also awarded to allied pilots, whose actions or performances in the air were of high importance for the Netherlands. As of 2007, a total of 735 Airman's Crosses are awarded. The Airman's Cross is the fifth highest military decoration still being awarded for bravery and has precedence after the Cross of Merit.

The ribbon may be decorated with a small crown, or the numerals 2 or 3 to denote multiple awards.

The Silver Cross features an obverse inscription that translates to "Initiative, Courage, Perseverance."

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