- Second World War (1939-1945)
- No. 5 Squadron, South African Air Force
- Awarded on:
- October 6th, 1942
"During the withdrawal from Libya, Lieutenant Van der Spuy acted as Flight Commander and later as O.C. No. 5 Squadron, as the officers holding these posts became casualties. By his cheerfulness, his untiring devotion to duty and his powers of leadership, he successfully brought the Squadron through a very critical stage. During this period he destroyed one and damaged two enemy aircraft. He has completed 100 operational hours which include 70 sorties."