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Robert Hampton Gray
Birth: Nov. 2, 1917
Death: Aug. 9, 1945

World War II Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Trail, Canada, he served as a Lieutenant senior pilot in the 1841 Squadron, Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve. On August 9, 1945, as the second atomic bomb fell on Nagasaki, the air war against Japan targets continued unabated. Lieutenant Gray on the second launch of his day, led two flights of Corsairs against airfields in the Matsushima area, northern Honshu. There was little enemy activity, so he decided to go a secondary target of naval ships at nearby Onagawa Bay. As he was going in on the target, he leveled out his Corsair, it was blasted with cannon and machine gun fire. The aircraft was set on fire and one of his 500 lb. bombs was shot off. He then steadied the aircraft and aimed his remaining bomb. This bomb hit the ocean escort vessel Amakusa below the after gun turret, exploded the ammunition locker and blew out the starboard side of the ship. The Amakuza rolled and sank immediately. Lieutenant Gray continued flying, but seconds later his burning aircraft rolled over, hit the water at high speed and he was killed, becoming one of the last Canadians to die in combat in World War II. For brilliant flying spirit and most inspiring leadership, he was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross on November 13, 1945. (bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) 
Body lost at sea
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