b. 17/05/1914 Urchfont, Wiltshire. d. 12/05/1940 Maastricht, Holland.
He was 25 years old, and a sergeant in No. 12 Squadron RAF, Royal Air Force during the Second World War when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the VC.
On 12 May 1940, over the Albert Canal, Belgium, one bridge in particular was being used by the invading army, with protection from fighter aircraft, anti-aircraft and machine-guns. The RAF was ordered to demolish this vital bridge, and five Fairey Battle bombers were despatched with Sergeant Gray as the navigator in the plane leading the bombing attack. They met an inferno of anti-aircraft fire, but the mission was accomplished, much of the success being due to the coolness and resource of the pilot (Donald Edward Garland) of the leading aircraft and the navigation of Sergeant Gray. Unfortunately the leading aircraft and three others did not return.
LOCATION OF MEDAL: NOT PUBLICLY HELD.
BURIAL PLACE: HEVERLEE WAR CEMETERY, LEUVEN, BELGIUM.
Cemetery Plan courtesy of Kevin Brazier
PLOT VI, ROW F, GRAVE 14-16
Gray's memorial at National Memorial Arboretum
Frank Ernest Beresford painting