In November 1945 the British Admiralty announced that Lt Gtay had been awarded the Victoria Cross :

for great valour in leading an attack on a Japanese destroyer in Onagawa Wan on August 9 1945.  In the face of fire from shore batteries and and a heavy concentration of fire from some five warships Lt Gray pressed home his attack  flying 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 .  Lt Gray has consistently shown a brilliant fighting spirit and most inspiring leadership.

      In 1945 his ship was sent to join the British Pacific Fleet , and by August  the Formidable's aircraft were attacking targets on the Japanese mainland.

   the late Lieutenant Robert Hampton Gray  R.C.N.V.R.

     The Japanese have had a long and brutal military history. They have faced millions of enemy combatants over the centuries . However they have erected only one monument dedicated to the bravery of a foreign combatant on Japanese soil . His name was Robert Hampton Gray.

Bomber Command R.C.A.F.  F/LT  Sean Dunn

  He flew in at low level and sank a destroyer before being shot down in flames and crashing in the harbor.  His body was never found .

     Robert Hampton Gray was born in 1917 and raised in Nelson , British Columbia . After university he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve and took flight training in Kingston Ontario.

        Lt Gray's final flight was on August 9 , 1945 . He lead an attack against warships in the port of Onagawa .

    The KING  has been graciously pleased to approve the award of the VICTORIA  CROSS for valour to:-

     In 1944 he transitioned to the F4-U Corsair fighter -bomber after which he was assigned to the British carrier H.M.S. Formidable .

   He spent the next two years flying Hurricane fighters in the Mediterranean  theater.

   Lt. Gray was decorated for his efforts in attacking destroyers and the battleship Tirpitz  in Nowegian waters .

ADMIRALTY    Whithall , 13 November  1945.