October 4, 1944
Mrs. E.V. Fitzgerald,
2317 Maple Avenue,
New Westminster, British Columbia.
Dear Mrs. Fitzgerald:
At this time of great anxiety it is felt that you and the members of your family will wish to know the circumstances surrounding the honour and distinction which have come to your son Flight Sergeant John Ernest Fitzgerald DFM, through the award of the Distinguished Flying Medal for great gallantry in the performance of his duty while serving with No. 166 Squadron of the Royal Air Force.
The citation on which this award was made reads as follows:
"This airman has participated in many sorties as rear gunner. He has displayed the greatest keenness and has proved himself to be a most dependable member of aircraft crew. One night in August, 1944, Flight Sergeant Fitzgerald participated in a mine-laying mission. Shortly after leaving the target area this gunner sighted a Junkers 88. He opened fire and his first burst struck the enemy aircraft which went into a steep dive with both engines on fire. On more than one occasion his vigilance and good shooting have contributed materially to the safe return of his aircraft."
The personnel of the Force are proud of your son's fine Service record.
With kindest personal regards
(Charles G. Power)
Minister of National Defence for Air