- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Acting Wing Commander
- No. 88 (Hong Kong) Squadron, Royal Air Force
- Awarded on:
- November 7th, 1944
"'Wing Commander Maher has now completed 44 operational sorties. These consist of medium level bombing, smoke laying, and night operations.
In 1943, he was appointed as a Flight Commander in No. 107 Squadron but after two sorties was removed from operational flying on medical grouds which seemed likely to preclude any hope for him of an operational career. However, he concentrated on making himself well, and by persuasion and cajolery managed to obtain an operational medical category, which permitted his return to 107 Squadron, again as a Flight Commander. In that capacity he flew 15 sorties against aerodrome and "Noball" targets, many of them heavily defended.
In the beginning of 1944, he became Commanding Officer of No. 88 Squadron, and immediately set about his job with tremendous ability and keeness. On one of his first sorties as leader of Squadron, against the "E" Boat Sheds at Ijmuiden, the anti-aircraft opposition was seen to be intense and accurate before the run-up to the target. But Wing Commander Maher continued undisturbed, bombed with sucess, although himself hit, and brought his formation through without loss. On several other occasions he has shown the same disregard for danger and as a leader.
On "D" Day he laid the initial smoke screen to protect the Western Flank of the assault forces at disembarkation. Since that day he has flown several successful day and night sorties in support of the armies.
Wing Commander Maher by his courage, skill and enthusiasm for operations has been an excellent influence in his Squadron and in the Wing. His leadership has contributed to the success of many operations."