- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Wing Commander
- Awarded on:
- July 28th, 1942
"W/Cdr. Mayers took over No. 239 Wing on 23.4.1942 1 squadron from this wing was the first to be fitted with Kittyhawk Bombers and another squadron was the first to be fitted with long range tanks. His tactical knowledge and personal interest in every operation has been a big factor in the success of the Kittyhawk Bomber and of the Long Range Kittyhawk Fighter, and his enthusiasm for both types overcame any reluctance on the squadron to be diverged from their normal role of air fighting. No. 6 Squadron with their Hurricane 11Dís were posted to this Wing and it was due entirely again to his tactical knowledge that No. 6 Squadron were able to have such success. In all cases he has led the first few operations where new tactics were employed.
On the 8/5 and the 12/5 he led both long range interceptions of supply aircraft on the Derna-Crete route, resulting in the interception of a large enemy force in which 13 (or 23 corrupt) JU 52ís were destroyed. On this sortie he personally destroyed 1 JU 52 and probably destroyed another. On 9/5 he led a Long-Range Escort to Benghazi with No. 250 Squadron and his part in planning the operation was a very important factor in its being carried out without loss. He is an expert in the art of bombing and straffing aerodromes, one of the most important being the attack on Gazala on 16/6. Which enabled our retreat from Gabut to Sidi Rezeig and LG 75 to be carried out without serious interference by 109ís.
Throughout the retreat his Wing has been able to operate intensively under his direction despite his administrative responsibilities during this difficult period."
Published in The London Gazette dated 28th July 1942.