Gray, Robert Manning, Capt

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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
AAF MOS 1081-Pilot, B-25
Last AFSC Group
Pilot (Officer)
Primary Unit
1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 341st Bombardment Group, Medium
Service Years
1940 - 1942
USAAFOfficer Collar Insignia
Captain

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Home State
Texas
Texas
Year of Birth
1919
 
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Casualty Info
Home Town
Killeen, Texas
Last Address
Karachi Airport, India (now in Pakistan)

Casualty Date
Oct 18, 1942
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
India
Conflict
World War II
Location of Interment
Killeen City Cemetery - Killeen, Texas
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Not Specified

 Official Badges 




 Unofficial Badges 

Doolittle Tokyo Raiders Gold Medal


 Military Associations and Other Affiliations
World War II FallenAir Force Memorial (AFM)
  2013, World War II Fallen
  2016, Air Force Memorial (AFM) - Assoc. Page

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 Ribbon Bar


Pilot Badge


 
 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Aviation Cadet Flight School34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium17th Bombardment Group, Medium
Doolittle Raiders (composite group)7th Bombardment Group, Heavy11th Bombardment Squadron, Medium341st Bombardment Group, Medium
  1940-1941, AAF MOS 770, Aviation Cadet Flight School
  1941-1941, AAF MOS 1081, 34th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 95th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1941-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 17th Bombardment Group, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, Doolittle Raiders (composite group)
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 7th Bombardment Group, Heavy
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 11th Bombardment Squadron, Medium
  1942-1942, AAF MOS 1081, 341st Bombardment Group, Medium
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater
  1942-1942 World War II/Asian-Pacific Theater/Air Offensive Campaign Japan (1942-45)
  1942-1942 World War II/China-India-Burma Theater/India-Burma Campaign (1942-45)
 Colleges Attended 
  1936-1938, Others/Not Listed
 My Aircraft/Missiles
B-25 Mitchell  
  1941-1942, B-25 Mitchell
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
He was the pilot in crew #3 on the Doolittle Raid. He was later killed while on a combat mission near Assam, India, 2 days after learning he had been promoted to captain. His remains were originally interred at Barrackpore, India and in Feb 1951 were reburied in Texas. Gray AFB in Killeen, TX (now Robert Gray Army Airfield) was named in his honor.

His DFC citation:

Awarded for actions during World War II
The President of the United States of America, authorized by Act of Congress, July 2, 1926, takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to First Lieutenant (Air Corps) Robert Manning Gray (ASN: 0-403862), United States Army Air Forces, for extraordinary achievement as Pilot of a B-25 Bomber of the 1st Special Aviation Project (Doolittle Raider Force), while participating in a highly destructive raid on the Japanese mainland on 18 April 1942. First Lieutenant Gray with 79 other officers and enlisted men volunteered for this mission knowing full well that the chances of survival were extremely remote, and executed his part in it with great skill and daring. This achievement reflects high credit on himself and the military service.

Action Date: April 18, 1942

Service: Army Air Forces

Rank: First Lieutenant

Company: 1st Special Aviation Project

Division: Doolittle Tokyo Raider Force
Crew #3 (Plane #40-2270, "Whiskey Pete", target Tokyo): 95th Bomb Sq. L-R: Lt. Charles J. Ozuk Jr., navigator; Lt. Robert M. Gray, pilot; Sgt. Aden E. Jones, bombardier; Lt. Jacob E. Manch, copilot; Cpl. Leland D. Faktor, flight engineer/gunner. (U.S. Air Force photo)

   
Comments/Citation
Sources:
http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=1870
http://www.doolittleraider.com/raiders/gray.htm
http://www.cieldegloire.com/batailles_tokyo_e03.php#1
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=92371454
http://valor.militarytimes.com/recipient.php?recipientid=30180
   
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