Ralph E. Donnelly

The President of the United States takes great pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Second Lieutenant Ralph E. Donnelly for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight against the enemy in the North African and Mediterranean Theatres of Operations. Consistently performing vital strategic combat missions against heavy enemy opposition from highly aggressive fighter aircraft and intense and accurate anti-aircraft fire, the personnel listed below have displayed outstanding courage, aggressiveness and intense devotion to duty throughout all engagements. Although their aircraft have been frequently severely damaged by heavy enemy opposition, these men have consistently fought through to their targets, aiding materially in the utter destruction of vitally important enemy installations. Bringing their ships through severe and adverse weather conditions, over rugged terrain and surmounting many other major obstacles, these men have gallantly engaged, fought, and defeated the enemy with complete disregard for their personal safety and against overwhelming odds. Their conspicuous and extraordinary achievements throughout these many missions against the enemy have been of inestimable value to successful combat operations and have reflected credit upon themselves and the Armed Forces of the United States of America.