Acting Flight Lieutenant Edward Mcleod GRAY (N.Z. 404998), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 156 Squadron.
GRAY, Edward Macleod, A/F/L (NZ 404998, Royal New Zealand Air Force) - No.156 Squadron - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 14 May 1943. Public Record Office Air 2/8949 has citation drafted when he had flown 28 sorties (148 hours).
This officer has flown on many operational sorties against targets in Germany, Italy and enemy occupied territory. At all times he has shown exceptional navigational skill. By his ability and devotion to duty Flight Lieutenant Gray has largely contributed to the many successes attained by his crew.
In the early days of his operational tour this officer was forced to leave his aircraft by parachute and twice his aircraft has been damaged by anti-aircraft fire.
Despite these trying experiences Flight Lieutenant Gray’s enthusiasm for operational flying remains undiminished and he has continued to set an outstanding example of courage to the rest of the squadron.
Citation details provided by Hugh Halliday.