- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Flight Sergeant
- No. 201 Squadron, Royal Air Force
- Awarded on:
- April 16th, 1940
Remarks by Officer Commanding Unit:
"Has served in the squadron for four years and his record up to the outbreak of war has been consistently good. Since the war he has confirmed the high opinion expressed by his commanding officers in both ability and example to all ranks. As a pilot and navigator, he represents the highest standard aimed at by all captains, and all his duties are carried out with great skill. An exceptional pilot who has frequently been recommended for a commission. Since the war began Flight Sergeant Bannister has flown no fewer than 44 operational patrols, amounting to the great total of 199 hours war flying." (C.H.Cahill, Wing Commander, O.C. No. 201 Squadron R.A.F.
Remarks by Air Officer Commanding:
"Since last recommended on the 3rd January 1940, Flight Sergeant Bannister has continued his exemplary service in the air on operational patrols, and there is little to be added to my previous remarks."
"This N.C.O. pilot is outstanding as a flying boat captain. Courageous and determined, he faces war risks with a calm assurance which is an invaluable example to his comrades in arms. Unflinching in the face of danger he has carried out the arduous and perilous task of long sea reconnaissances for many months obtaining reports of great value. Very strongly recommended for the award of Distinguished Flying Medal." Charles Breese, A.V.M. Commanding No. 18 Group.
Additionally annotated "Very strongly recommended". F.W. Bowhill, A.C.M.