D.F.C. London Gazette 8.1.1943. Recommendation states 'This Officer is Navigator to Wing Commander Young and as such was directly responsible for the accurate time keeping and navigation on which the success or otherwise of the low-level attack on Eindhoven depended. Even during the practices his outstanding ability inspired the full confidence of all other Aircrew, particularly Navigators. His quiet and unassuming acceptance of this high responsibility, and the skill and precision with which he carried it out not only ensured complete success, but also set a fine example to all ranks. He is strongly recommended for an immediate award of the Distinguished Flying Cross'.
Flight Lieutenant Ernest Frank Hart, D.F.C., the son of Frederick John Hart, was serving in Venturas of No. 464 Squadron at the time of the above attack on Eindhoven.
On 6.12.1942, a force of bombers, under the command of Wing Commander H.I. "Hughie" Edwards, V.C., D.F.C., shortly to add the D.S.O. to his tally of Honours and Awards, was detailed to make an attack in daylight on the Philips Factory at Eindhoven. The operation, which was executed faultlessly, demanded a high degree of skill and accurate timing. Bombs were released at varying heights, down to roof top level and many hits were obtained, some in the centre of the target area. Two gun posts were silenced. Intense and heavy opposition was encountered and, both on the outward and return flights, attacks were made by enemy fighters. The great success achieved reflected the greatest credit on the personnel involved.