Grey, John Francis

Date of birth:
1912
Date of death:
1964
Service number:
37767
Nationality:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)

Biography

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Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Acting Wing Commander
Unit:
No. 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force (No. 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force)
Awarded on:
May 30th, 1944
Action:
Citation:
"One night in May, 1944, this officer was the pilot of an aircraft detailed to attack a target in Northern France. Shortly after leaving the airfield one engine became unserviceable but Wing Commander Grey flew on to the target at a lower altitude than flanned and eventually made a successful attack, ast as the bombs had been released the aircraft was attacked by a fighter. Wing Commander Grey manoeuvred with great skill, however, and his gunners were enabled to bring their guns to bear on the enemy aircraft with destructive effect. This officer has participated in many sorties and has invariably displayed a high standard of skill and gallantry."
Distinguished Flying Cross (DFC)
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Wing Commander
Unit:
No. 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force (No. 207 Squadron, Royal Air Force)
Awarded on:
November 28th, 1944
Distinguished Service Order (DSO)
Action:
Citation:
"This officer has, by his gallant example, inspired and maintained a high degree of confidence amongst his aircrews. On 10 occasions his aircraft has been engaged by enemy fighters, 7 of which were shot down in the ensuing fights. The successes obtained are a fine tribute to Wing Commander Grey's great skill and leadership in action. This officer has commanded the squadron with great success."
Period:
Second World War (1939-1945)
Rank:
Squadron Leader
Unit:
No.182 Squadron, Royal Air Force (No.182 Squadron, Royal Air Force)
Awarded on:
November 16th, 1946
Vliegerkruis (VK)
Action:
Recommendation:
As commander of 182 Squadron TAF he has distinguished himself by courage, skill and leadership in combat for the liberation of The Netherlands. He has contributed to important successes.

Details:
Royal decree no.39 dated November 16th, 1946

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