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Bob Bray 1919 – 2014

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Wing Commander Robert Walter Bray D.F.C & Bar

Many thanks to Ed for making me aware of the passing of Wing Commander Bob Bray who has recently passed away, aged 93. A veteran of 92 Operations over occupied Europe and th winner of 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses.

The following is an extract from Bob’s obituary, published in the Telegraph on the 1st of October, 2014. The full obituary can be read online here.

Wing Commander Bob Bray, who has died aged 93, flew 94 bombing operations over occupied Europe and won two DFCs.

Robert Walter Bray was born on May 5 1921 in Sheffield and educated at King Edward VII Grammar School in the city. He joined the RAF in June 1940 and trained as a pilot.

In June 1941 he joined No 75 (NZ) Squadron to fly the Wellington, and over the next six months bombed many targets in Germany . In September he attacked La Spezia in Italy . On December 23 he took part in a raid on Düsseldorf, his 32nd and final operation with No 75 Squadron. He was later awarded his first DFC .

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