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Gray, Thomas

Service number:
British (1801-present, Kingdom)


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Second World War (1939-1945)
Staff Sergeant
No. 1 Wing, Glider Pilot Regiment, Divisional Troops, 6th Airborne Division, British Army
Awarded on:
August 16th, 1945
Awarded for:
Operation Varsity
"On 24th March 1945, Staff Sergeant Gray was the first pilot of a Hamilcar glider taking part in the airborne assault across the Rhine, North of Wesel. After a flight of three hours, the glider was hit by enemy anti-aircraft fire while still in tow, causing the glider to approach the tug aircraft in a dangerous manner. By very skillful handling of the glider, Staff Sergeant Gray avoided a collision and proceeded to approach th elanding area through intense smoke. In spite of heavy enemy anti-aircraft fire, Staff Sergeant Gray avoided further damage and delivered his important load to the place briefed for him to land. Through his skill in the air and coolness throughout, his vital load was able to take part immediately in the operation."
Distinguished Flying Medal (DFM)


  • - Supplement to The London Gazette Issue 37223 published on the 14 August 1945
    - WW2Talk