- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Flight Lieutenant
- No. 423 "Eagle" Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force
- Awarded on:
- September 19th, 1944
Recommendation (when he had flown 107 sorties (136 operational hours):
Squadron Leader Grant has been on his present tour of operations since July 1941, when he joined No.504 Squadron (Hurricanes and Spitfires), with which squadron he completed 56 operational hours before being posted to Canada in June of 1942. In Canada he took over a Flight of No.118 Squadron (Kittyhawks) which operated in Alaska for 14 months. He took over command of the squadron and brought it over to England in August 1943, where it became No.438 Squadron, and was converted to Typhoon bombers. The squadron moved to the south coast in March 1944, and has built for itself a fine reputation as a bombing squadron. This has been largely due to Squadron Leader Grantís quite exceptional accuracy in dive bombing which he has imparted to his pilots. The squadron beat all records at Hutton Cranswick practice camp in May 1944.
On June 6th, Squadron Leader Grant led a section in a very accurate attack, under difficult circumstances, on the beach at H-Hour. On June 16th, he scored two hits in a low level attack on a railway tunnel. On June 29th his bombs destroyed a bridge over the River Dives, and on July 6th he led his squadron on an attack against an enemy headquarters in a chateau near Caen. The attack was pressed home in the face of intense flak, and the chateau completely demolished, Army sources stating that only one bomb missed the target.
Squadron Leader Grantís exceptional powers of leadership and personal courage, added to his remarkable skill in dive bombing, have been an inspiration to his squadron."