- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Flight Sergeant
- No. 106 Squadron, Royal Air Fore
- Awarded on:
- January 30th, 1942
"Flight Sergeant Gilbert who has been engaged in active operations since the commencement of hostilities was posted to this unit from No. 233 Squadron, Coastal Command, with whom he had completed over 90 operational sorties, many of them under fire from the enemy�s defences. In addition, he has had several engagements with enemy fighters and, in his last operational sortie with N. 233 Squadron on 29th October 1940, was wounded during a battle with 5 Me. 109s. Before his recovery, he was posted to this squadron and has completed six successful operational sorties during which he has engaged enemy night fighters. This N.C.O. has displayed an extraordinary keen sense of duty in every activity he undertakes. He has proved invaluable in assisting in the training of Air Gunners. In addition, he was detailed to be N.C.O. in charge of Dinsdale Hall in which establishment over 100 aircrew are billeted.
He discharged this duty with great keenness and discretion, the work involved being hard and calling for unusual diplomacy. Flight Sergeant Gilbert has inspired confidence both in his superiors and in those who came under him and by his devotion to duty and gallantry in operations against the enemy. It is recommended that he be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal.�