- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Acting Squadron Leader
- Awarded on:
- October 1st, 1940
"One night in September 1940, this officer successfully pressed home an attack, from 800 feet, on a concentration of barges in Ostend Harbor. During the preliminary reconnaissasnce of the target area and the bombing attack, the aircraft was subjected to intense and accurate anit-aircraft and tracer fire, but dispite this opposition Squadron Leader Gardner obtained eight direct hits on the target. In pressing home his attack this officer displayed splendid qualities of determination, courage and skill, and his example and leadership had an excellent effect on the squadron as a whole."
Published in The London Gazette, 1 October 1940.