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    flmedalcollector
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    Can anyone point me in a direction to find out more information on the Dutch Distinguished Flying Cross?
    I have only ever seen one example and that was an auction lot at the OMSA Convention in Jacksonville about 5 years ago. It sold before I even know it was available.

    #17227

    megan
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    The Dutch Flying Cross (Vliegerkruis) was established 23 August 1941for distinguished acts involving aerial flight against an enemy. Originally the intent was to have 2 classes, but the single class award was eventually preferred.

    The insignia consists of a four-armed cross with a crowned central medallion inscribed "INITIATIEF MOED VOLHARDING" (INITIATIVE COURAGE PERSEVERANCE) and an albatross with outstretched wings across the central medallion and out along the horizontal arms. The date 1941 appears above the albatross. The reverse is plain with an inscription giving details of the recipient. The ribbon is diagonal orange and white stripes, in obvious homage to the UK Distinguished Flying Cross ribbon of diagonal purple and white stripes.

    Megan
    http://www.medals.org.uk/

    #17561

    flmedalcollector
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    Thanks Megan,
    It has been almost a year and I have not had much luck with pursuing this medal.
    Too much work and not enough $$$.
    I appreciate your input.

    #38288

    flmedalcollector
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    I am still looking for one.

    Saw a reproduction on ebay the other day, but want an original.

    #38302

    David Hebberd
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    https://www.emedals.com/netherlands-kingdom-an-airman-s-cross-to-a-four-time-recipient-english-made-c-1945

    Here you go, I would buy it myself but I need to win the lottery first. 🙂

    #38311

    flmedalcollector
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    Heh Heh, I saw that one.

    It’s a bit more than I can pay, but it is truly a fine example, including the case.

    Wonder who it could have belonged to?  A 4 time recipient must be rather rare.

    Interesting to see the winged clasp with the 4 in it, did not know that was how they denoted additional awards.

    I also thought that Mentioned in Dispatches was a British thing, but I guess not.

    I am part Dutch, so these things interest me, but the available information is hard to find.

    #38312

    David Hebberd
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    Yes,I agree it is very nice, only the brooch missing or it would be ideal. I would think very few, if any 4x award and I have seen the crown before but never on this medal. (see http://museum.wa.gov.au/online-collections/content/CH1985.73.1-17 )If it hasn’t been embelished I would think there is a good chance to track down the awardee but I need that lottery win first . I am from the UK and have a friend in Holland if you have a specific query he might be able to help.

    Here is a site showing the 3 versions  http://www.mymedals.nl/MyMedals/BraveryMerit/1941%20Flying%20Cross%20Rijksmunt.html

    #38313

    David Hebberd
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    Just found this to explain honorable mention https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Honorable_Mention 

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