Six: An interesting low level flying fighter pilot Distinguished Flying Cross (dated 1943) & Bar (engraved 1944), 1939/45 Star, Air Crew Europe "France and Germany", Defence Medal, War Medal and 1953 Coronation medal. Attributed to 106182 Flight Lieutenant Michael John Gray of 168 & 2 Squadron. D.F.C. correctly period dated 1943 and Bar 1944 respectively. Campaign medals unnamed as issued.
DFC London Gazette date 16th March 1943
"Act. Flt. Lt. M. J. Gray. R.A.F.V.R., No, 168 Sqn. This officer is a fine leader and a courageous pilot, who has completed many long-range reconnaissance in single-seater fighters. During sorties in search of enemy shipping along the Dutch coast he has located and reported accurately the position of numerous convoys. Flt. Lt. Gray has damaged eight enemy vessels and nine locomotives. No aircraft has been lost from any formation led by him. On a recent sortie he flew low through the streets of Ostend in the face of intense anti-aircraft fire."
Bar to the DFC. London Gazette date 14th November 1944
"Acting Squadron Leader Michael John Gray, D.F.C., (106182), R.A.F.V.R., 2 Sqn. This officer has displayed outstanding ability and zeal. He is a gallant and forceful leader, whose personal example has contributed materially to the high standard of efficiency of the squadron which has obtained much access. He has commanded the squadron for some nine months during which period the formation has completed many sorties, involving reconnaissance and attack on radio buildings and flying bomb sites. Squadron Leader Gray has taken part in many of these assignments."
Comes with two original flight photographs possibly low level flying through Ostend, Coronation certificate from Buckingham Palace named to Flt. Lt. Gray, period newspaper cut outs from a scrap book with hand written notes, Original London Gazette for the Bar to the DFC and congratulation letter on his DFC from Group Captain Geddes dated 1943.
Ex Glendining's 1992
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