- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Flying Officer
- No. 295 Squadron, Royal Air Force
- Awarded on:
- October 29th, 1943
- Awarded for:
- Operation Husky
In July, 1943. this officer was detailed io tow a glider, laden with troops, to take part in the invasion of Sicily. While still 100 miles from his target, his aircraft caught fire. Displaying the utmost determination, he continued to tow the glider and at the same time succeeded in extinguishing the flames. By this timie much height had been lost and the aircrait was only 500 feet above the sea. In consequence all spare equipment had to be jettisoned, and it was impossible to release the glider at the correct distance from land. F/O. Cleaver therefore continued to tow the glider a considerable distance inland in the face of anti-alrcrait fire and searchlights, thus enabling it to land at the correct place. Alter releasing the glider, he flew his damaged aircraft to base and made a safe landing. This operation was the culminating point ot continuous ferrying missions completed bv this officer."
The London Gazette, 29th October 1943.