On this day 9 August 1945
On this day 9 August 1945 Lt Gray RCNVR awarded VC
Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray was a Canadian who became one of the Fleet Air Arm’s most popular and courageous pilots.
On 9 August 1945 he led his section of Corsairs in a shipping strike off the island of Honshu. Gray’s aircraft was hit and set on fire, but he bombed his target before crashing into the sea. He was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross. He was also honoured by the Japanese who were so impressed by his bravery that they built a memorial in his memory.
Extract from AFO 6851/45 dated 13 November 1945: 'The KING has been graciously pleased to approve the grant of the VICTORIA CROSS, for valour to the late Temporary Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray RCNVR. For great valour in leading an attack on a Japanese destroyer in Onagawa Wan on 9 August 1945. In the face of fire from shore batteries and a heavy concentration of fire from some five warships Lieut. Gray pressed home his attack, flying very low in order to ensure success, and, although he was hit and his aircraft was in flames, he obtained at least one direct hit, sinking the destroyer. Lieut. Gray has consistently shown a brilliant fighting spirit and most inspiring leadership'.
Canadian site about Lt Gray.