Miniature oval silvered medal on wings and ribbon bar suspension; the face with the head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, circumscribed ‘ELIZABETH II DEI GRATIA REGINA FID.DEF. +’ (Elizabeth II by the Grace of God Queen Defender of the Faith), all within a laurel border; the reverse with Hermes mounted on a hawk in flight with wings outstretched, a laurel crown in his extended right hand, dated ‘1918’ to the left, all within a laurel border; width 17.79mm (0.7 inch); on original post-1919 ribbon.
The Medal was instituted on 3 June 1918 to be awarded to non-commissioned officers and other ranks for ‘an act or acts of valour, courage or devotion to duty whilst flying, though not in active operations against the enemy’.
The Medal was awarded very sparingly. Since 1993, other ranks may be awarded the Air Force Cross, formerly reserved for officers, and the Medal is discontinued.