List of Fleet Air Arm Honours and Awards 1939-1945
The George Cross
awarded to FAA Personnel

George Cross


The cross was awarded for an act of the greatest heroism or of the most conspicuous courage in circumstances of extreme danger. It was intended primarily for civilians and award in the military services was confined to actions for which purely military honours were not normally granted and awarded for actions not in the face of the enemy.

The Empire Gallantry awards were exchanged for the George Cross, and in 1971, Albert Medal winners exchanged their medals for the George Cross. 


A bar was to be awarded for additional acts of gallantry; none were ever issued.


The name, rank and service (serial number for those not commissioned) and the date of notification in the London Gazette are shown on the reverse of the cross.


The garter blue ribbon is 1.5 inches wide. A miniature cross is worn on the ribbon in undress. Women may wear their cross from a bow.


The George Cross was created on 24 September 1940 and published in the London Gazette on 31 January 1941.

List of Fleet Air Arm CO recipients - George Cross

For further information about the GEORGE CROSS Please write or call: Victoria Cross & George Cross Association, Room 04, Archway Block South, Old Admiralty Building, Whitehall, London SW1, UK. Tel +44 0171 930 3506 

For information on Fleet Air Arm campaign medal rolls and individual awards contact the relevant Armed Services Medal Offices. 

  • Navy: Ministry of Defence, NPP Acs 3 (b) 4, HMS Centurion, Grange Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO13 9XA, UK
  • Royal Air Force: Ministry of Defence, CS Sec 1d, Room F93, Building 256, HQ RAF PTC, RAF Innsworth, Gloucestershire GL3 1EZ, UK
  • Royal Marines: Ministry of Defence, Drafting and Record Office, Royal Marines, HMS Centurion; Grange Road, Gosport, Hampshire PO13 9XA, UK 
  • Merchant Navy: Maritime & Coastguard Agency, Spring Place, 105 Commercial Road, Southampton SO15 1EG. 
Royal Navy Ministry of Defence Website Royal Navy: Sources of Information. Online information: How to obtain Royal Navy Service Records & Medals

Last Modified: 5 April 2001

HomeSearchContact UsSite Map

Return to Home Page


This page is published by Fleet Air Arm Archive and is updated regularly.
© 2000-2001 All rights reserved for all information created for or on behalf of the Fleet Air Arm Archive
Contact email: