Distinguished Flying Cross.
Pilot Officer Gerald Peter Robert BOND (149966), Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.
Pilot Officer Saville Hercules MOON (N.Z.412348), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.
Distinguished Flying Medal.
1432425 Flight Sergeant Ronald UNDERWOOD, RoyalAir Force Volunteer Reserve, No. 156 Squadron.
One night in December, 1943, Pilot Officers Bond and Moon and Flight Sergeant Underwood were pilot, mid-upper and rear gunners respectively of an aircraft detailed to attack Frankfurt.
Shortly after successfully bombing the target, the aircraft was attacked by a fighter but excellent co-operation between Pilot Officer Bond and his gunners enabled him to evade the enemy aircraft. About half an hour later, the bomber was attacked by a Junkers 88 and was repeatedly hit by the enemy's bullets. One engine was set on fire and a petrol tank was pierced; other damage was also sustained.
Early in the fight. Pilot Officer Moon was badly wounded. A bullet penetrated his back and emerged through the chest, causing paralysis in the left arm and in the side. Nevertheless, displaying a fine spirit, he refrained from reporting his injury and remained for a time in his turret and tried as best he could to bring his guns into action. Meanwhile, Flight Sergeant Underwood fought with great resolution. Although two of his guns became unserviceable he succeeded in driving off the attacker. Shortly afterwards another fighter was encountered but Pilot Officer Bond skilfully evaded it and afterwards flew the damaged aircraft to base.
In most hazardous circumstances this pilot displayed skill, courage and determination of a high order and his effort's were well supported by his gallant gunners, whose fine fighting spirit deserved much praise.