Foster was called up at the outbreak of war and joined No 605 Squadron RAFVR at Drem on 6 July 1940. In combat on 27 September he damaged a Bf 110 but suffered damage to his own aircraft and had to make a forced landing. The next day he damaged a Ju 88, while on 7 October he destroyed a Bf 109, a shared Ju 88 on the following day a probably Bf 109 on 15 October, on 26 October and 8 November he managed to score hits and damage Bf 109s and on 24 March 1941 he damaged a He 111. He left the squadron in September 1941 to become an instructor at 55 OTU. On 14 April 1942 he joined 54 Squadron, which was posted to Australia and arrived there 7 September 1942. He scored the squadron`s first victory in Australia with a Mitsubishi Dinah on 6 February 1943, followed by four Mitsubishi Bettys, two more probables and two damaged between 15 March and 6 July. He was awarded the DFC on 13 August 1943. On 2 February 1944 he returned to the UK.
Wing Commander Robert William Foster DFC AE
Hand signed 5in x 7in photograph - numbered and certified on reverse.