Remembrance Day: The Hampton Gray Memorial At Onagawa Bay

“MONDAY, FEBRUARY 03, 2020@010:11- LIEUTENANT Robert Hampton HAMMY GRAY, R.C.N.V.R., V.C., D.S.C., M.I.D., H.M.S. FORMIDABLE-OUR ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY’S…ONLY VICTORIA CROSS RECIPIENT, POST., AND A GENTLEMAN, HERO, SCHOLAR, AND ONE GREAT CANADIAN!!!”

“NOTE: WE MISS AND LOVE YOU HAMMY, YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN…LEST WE FORGET, LEST WE FORGET…OUR CANADIAN W.W.II/1939-1945 HEROES AND HEROINES!!!”

“YOURS AYE, HAMMY, battleoftheatlantic19391945/WordPress.com, Brian MURZA, Killick Vison, W.W.II NAVAL RESEARCHER-PUBLISHED AUTHOR, HIGH TREASON Q.E.II ANALYST, PRESENT DAY NAVAL-MILITARY ANALYST, COWARDICE CANADA=1993 TO 2020!!!” killickvison@yahoo.ca

Shrine of Dreams

On August 9, 1945 Lt. Robert Hampton Gray led two flights of Corsairs on one of the last operations of World War II. The first atomic bomb had been dropped on Hiroshima two days before. Senior officers had been informed that a second bomb would be dropped on the 9th. Admiral Vian, commanding Royal Naval forces attacking Japan, ordered that his pilots were to take no unnecessary risks — they would only take one run at a target, for instance. Gray’s planes were set to attack an airfield near Matsushima but, at the last minute, Gray was informed that the field had been intensively bombed and was probably unusable. If so, Gray was to seek out secondary targets such as ships.

Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, photographed in 1942

The Corsairs took off from the flight deck of HMS Formidableand flew inland to check out the airfield, It was indeed devastated and…

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Brian MURZA/Killick Vison is battleoftheatlantic19391945; W.W.II NAVAL RESEARCHER-PUBLISHED AUTHOR, PRESENT DAY NAVAL-MILITARY ANALYST, from Canada.

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