Acting Flight Lieutenant Eric George GENTLE (Aus.408295), Royal Australian Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.
GENTLE, Eric George, A/F/L (Aus 408295, Royal Australian Air Force) - No.156 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 18 January 1944. Citation from Air Ministry Bulletin 12623.
This officer has taken part in a large number of operational sorties, including many against the enemy’s major targets in Germany. In April 1943, he was navigator of an aircraft detailed for an operation against Essen. In the target area his aircraft was heavily engaged by searchlights and anti-aircraft fire. It ws badly damaged, both ailerons being shot away. The pilot with great difficulty regained control, but owing to the necessary violent evasive action, his course and position was lost. Flight Lieutenant Gentle’s outstanding navigational ability was largely instrumental in the safe return of the bomber to base.
At all times his efficiency and devotion to duty have been most praiseworthy.
Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday.