Personnel Index - Detail

Name
GRAY
First Names
William Arthur Bill
Rank
Sgt
Service
RAF
Service Number
963946
Crew Position
Air Observer
Age
24
Date of Death
20/01/1942
Cemetery

 

Photographed by Malcolm Brooke

There is a small memorial to Sgt Gray in Newport Grammar School

20/21 January, 1942; EMDEN:

The squadron sent 5 Hampdens to attack Emden; 2 aircraft failed to attack any target owing to icing and failure of heating and 2 aircraft bombed the primary target. Of the fifth aircraft, no signals were received and the aircraft was reported missing.
F/O Alex Harvey (AT148) and crew were shot down over Groningen by Obfw Paul Gildner of II/NJG.2. Sadly, all the crew perished when S-Sugar fell to earth near the farm of Mr Ritsema at Roodehaan, Noorddijk in Holland. The crew rest together in Noorddijk General Cemetery.

Hampden AT148 (EA-S)
F/O A.M. Harvey Pilot (Killed)
Sgt W.A. Gray A/OB (Killed)
Sgt J.W. Hallam W/AG (Killed)
Sgt R.M. Knapman A/G (Killed)