Aeronautics: Muddled Medal

Few laymen are more than vaguely aware that the U. S. has a Distinguished Flying Cross which it has bestowed upon 79 men. Considerably fewer can explain how and why the D. F. C. is awarded. Writing in Outlook & Independent this week Carl B. Allen, smart aviation editor of the New York World, submits: "... That the D. F. C. has strayed from its original conception as [an] acknowledgment of 'heroism or extraordinary achievement ... in an aerial flight' and degenerated somewhat into the plaything of politicians and a pawn in the hands...

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