ACTING SQUADRON LEADER PATRICK JOHN EMMERTON RITCHIE - NO.143 SQUADRON R.A.F. - WHO HAS BEEN AWARDED THE D.F.C.
Original wartime caption: This officer has completed much operational flying and has displayed great skill and qualities of leadership. On one occasion he led a formation of aircraft acting as fighter escort to a force cf torpedo-carrying aircraft. Enemy fighter opposition was encountered and in the ensuring combats Acting Squadron Leader Ritchie displayed skilful leadership in frustrating attempts by enemy fighters to interfere with the torpedo-carrying aircraft he was escorting.