Robert L. Blair

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Robert L. Blair for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy in the North African and Mediterranean Theatre of Operations. Throughout the extensive air offensive against the enemy in the direct support of our ground troops and against targets of vital strategic importance deep within hostile territory, the personnel listed below, through their aggressiveness and courage have consistently aided in the success of combat operations. Against heavy opposition from both aggressive and persistent fighter aircraft and intense heavy and accurate enemy anti-aircraft fire, with their planes frequently seriously damaged by enemy fire, they have battled their way through to their targets, defeating the enemy in the air and destroying his vital installations on the ground. Through severe and adverse weather conditions, over treacherous mountain terrain, they have continually surmounted overwhelming obstacles for successful completions of their assigned missions to attack and destroy the enemy. Through their outstanding leadership and personal example, completely disregarding their personal safety at times of great danger, though at times seriously wounded in the heroic performance of their duties, they have contributed to the ultimate defeat of the armed forces of the enemy. Their conspicuous and outstanding achievements in these many missions against the enemy have upheld the highest traditions of the military service, thereby reflecting great credit upon themselves and the Armed Forces of the United States of America.