Flight Lieutenant Jeff Gray DFM
Served in Bomber Command with 61 Squadron during 1943/4 during one of the most intense periods of the war. He took part in operations to Nuremburg, Dusseldorf, Liepzig, Stettin, Stuttgart, Frankfurt, Essen, Sweinfurt, Mailley le Camp and Brunswick - all heavily defended and causing heavy casualties.
During the Battle for Berlin he visited the 'Big City' 9 times.
After the war, Jeff flew for BOAC, which had been amalgamated with AVM Don Bennet's airline British South American Airways, and which many ex-Pathfinders had found themselves working. They were in the forefront in the change from piston engines to jet engines for haul flights, therefore reducing journey times. He flew many aircraft including the de Havilland DH 106 Comet, on it's maiden flight to Melbourne. Australia, and also on the Boeing 377 Stratocruiser.
In 2016 he was awarded the Ordre national de la Legion d'honneur medal.
F/Lt Jeff Gray DFM passed away on the 4th of October, 2016