§ Mr. Perkins
asked the Secretary of State for Air whether pilots in non-operational commands are eligible for the D.F.C.; and, if so, how many have been awarded since 1939?
§ Sir A. Sinclair
Officers and warrant officers are eligible for the Distinguished Flying Cross if they display exceptional valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying in active operations against the enemy. These conditions apply irrespective of the type of command in which the person recommended is serving. Since the outbreak of war, one Distinguished Flying Cross has been awarded to a pilot serving in a non-operational command.