Peter Arth

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant Peter Arth for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the Mediterranean and North African Theatres of operations. Showing a high order of courage, leadership, and professional skill, these gallant air crew members have distinguished themselves throughout many long and hazardous combat missions against the enemy despite severe and adverse weather conditions and enemy opposition by large numbers of fighter aircraft and intense, accurate, and heavy anti-aircraft fire. Displaying great combat spirit and aggressiveness, these men have met, engaged, and defeated the enemy regardless of the odds and in spite of the fact that, at times, their planes were so severely damaged that only by extraordinary skill and fortitude were they able to fight their way through to the objective and aid in the grave damage inflicted upon the enemy. By their heroism, skill, and airmanship, as shown throughout their combat careers, together with the intense devotion to duty during this period of intense combat operations against the enemy, these men have upheld the highest traditions of the military services, thereby reflecting great credit upon themselves and the Armed Forces of the United States of America.