Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) (RAF)

The Distinguished Flying Medal was (until 1993) a military decoration awarded to personnel of the Royal Air Force (United Kingdom) and the other services, and formerly also to personnel of other Commonwealth countries, below commissioned rank, for "an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy".

The medal was established on 3 June 1918. It was the other ranks' equivalent to the Distinguished Flying Cross, which was awarded to commissioned officers and Warrant Officers (although WOs could also be awarded the DFM), although it ranked below the DFC in order of precedence, between the Military Medal and the Air Force Medal. Recipients of the Distinguished Flying Medal are entitled to use the post-nominal letters "DFM". In 1993 the DFM was discontinued, and since then the Distinguished Flying Cross has been awarded to personnel of all ranks.

During World War I, approximately 105 DFMs were awarded, with 2 first award bars. During World War II, 6,637 DFMs were awarded, with 60 first award bars. Some 165 were awarded to aircrew from other non- Commonwealth countries. A second bar to the DFM was uniquely awarded to Flight Sergeant Donald Ernest Kingaby in November 1941.

This is an incomplete list of Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM) recipients from the London Borough of Lewisham area and is being added to as new people are found.

Goodman, Stanley W RAF Awarded the DFM September 1943 [KM 3 September 1943 with portrait] Killed in Action January 1945 [KM 26 January 1945]
Townsend, Charles William RAF awarded the DFM August 1942 of Deptford (KM 21 August 1942)

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