- Second World War (1939-1945)
- No. 103 Squadron, Royal Air Force
- Awarded on:
- October 24th, 1941
"Sergeant Ayles, since joining the squadron in June 1940, has become the most experienced navigator in the squadron. On no occasion has he failed to bomb his object due to any navigational errors, and on one occasion only has his aircraft failed to return to base after operations. On this occasion, the 7/8 August 1941, the pilot was forced to make an emergency landing at Bircham Newton due to engine trouble after being badly hit by flak over Germany. Besides carrying out his duties as bomb aimer, Sergeant Ayles is particularly successful on photography and various occasions has succeeded in bringing back a good exposure of the aiming point. By his coolness and show of spirit when under fire, and over the target, this N.C.O. is to a large extent responsible for the fine high morale which exists in his crew as a whole, which sets a very fine example to the remainder of the squadron."