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    Default Award of a Dutch Flying Cross

    Hi,

    In 1947 a former 218 air gunner Kenneth Jones DFM was awarded a Dutch Flying Cross.

    Trying to establish the details / reasoning of this award.

    Any pointers welcome.

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    Steve
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    Steve,

    Nothing specific:

    The Dutch Flying Cross (also known as the Airman's Cross), was intended to reward those members of the Netherlands flying forces as well as her allies who had, during combat as well as in general air duties against the enemy, performed acts of initiative, courage or perseverance. It could also be awarded to civilians and conferred posthumously upon a deserving recipient.

    https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/...37849/page/226

    Col.

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    Steve,

    The London Gazette of 10 Jan 1947 announced 11 Dutch Flying Crosses to RAF - and one other to a member of the R.Australian AF. The six to officers were all to well-decorated members of the RAF/RAFVR and the 5 to other ranks were to Warrant Officers. Your man was the only one to have a UK decoration. Sgt Kenneth Jones's DFM was an immediate award for an action in 1943 and relates to an operation on Hanover and it is doubtful if the two awards are related. There were a number of "exchange awards" gazetted in 1947 referring to distinguished service during WW2 but very few recommendations/citations seem to have survived - if indeed there were ever such. At the moment I am not sure that the awards referred to above constitute the full roll of Dutch awards - these foreign awards seem to have been dribbled out in rather a haphazard way for some considerable time after hostilities finished.

    Jim

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