Instituted on King George V's birthday - 3 June 1918 - along with the Distinguished Flying Cross and Air Force Medal, the Distinguished Flying Medal was awarded to NCOs and enlisted men of the Royal Air Force to recognise "valour, courage or devotion to duty performed whilst flying in active operations against the enemy". The DFM (as it was known) was later extended - during the Second World War - to similarly cover the Air Arms of the Army and Royal Navy.
Pilot Officer John Anthony Mawson REID DFM RAFVR Haileybury Lawrence 1931.2 - 1934.1
He was born 4 May 1917. Son of J. W. Reid. He was a BOAC pilot 1938 - 1946 with break for 1939 - 1941 RAFVR DFM. Died 20 February 1990. John Reid DFM was shot down in the North Sea twice. LONDON GAZETTE 7 May 1940 Sergeant John Anthony Mawson REID awarded the Distinguished flying Medal for "gallantry and devotion in the execution of air operations"