"His winning of the Victoria Cross in aerial combat must be regarded as one of the most outstanding contributions possible to Canadian aviation."
Robert Hampton Gray received his education at Nelson, British Columbia and later enrolled in the University of British Columbia. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy Reserve in 1940. He served aboard the HMS Victory at Portsmouth, England and later aboard the HMS St. Vincent. In 1940, Gray trained at Collins Bay, Ontario and went on to serve with a variety of Squadrons. His final flight took place on August 9, 1945 as he, Squadron No. 841 and the HMS Formidable attacked the bases along the Japanese Inland Sea.
In their mission, they successfully targeted a Japanese destroyer. Unfortunately Lieutenant Gray perished in the dive-bombing attack. For these actions, Gray was Mentioned in Despatches for his undaunted skill, determination and courage and was awarded the Victoria Cross.
Born: 2 Nov 1917, Trail BC
Died: 9 Aug 1945
Awards: VC, DSC