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Air Commodore A M Wray

Air Commodore A M Wray
Author: Alain Charpentier (Guest)
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10:01:24 Tuesday, August 2, 2005
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Hello ,

Does anyone have informations on A/C Arthur Mostyn Wray MC DSO,DFC AFC.I would like to find his relatives . Thank for your help Alain .


RE: Air Commodore A M Wray
Author: errol.martyn@xtra.co.nz (Guest)
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10:33:20 Tuesday, August 2, 2005
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Alain,

There is some useful biographical info on Wray at Malcolm Barrass's 'Air of Authority' site

http://rafweb.org/Biographies/Wray.htm

This includes his date of death, which might help you in tracking down an obituary or death notice.

Errol


RE: Air Commodore A M Wray
Author: ChristopherE (Guest)
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11:39:05 Tuesday, August 2, 2005
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His obituary appeared in The Times on April 8 1982. He had married Miss Margaret Clarkson in 1934, and a note about his will in September 1982 gives Langport in Somerset as his last home town.

Best wishes, Christopher


RE: Air Commodore A M Wray
Author: HughAHalliday
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12:12:01 Tuesday, August 2, 2005
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WRAY, Arthur Mostyn, A/C, MC, DFC, AFC (05036, Royal Air Force) - No.12 Base (Binbrook) - Distinguished Service Order - awarded as per London Gazette dated 20 August 1943. Biographical material from Air of Authority website. Born 21 August 1896 at Brighton; educated at Monkton Combe School and Sandhurst. Originally in the East Kent Regiment (1915); transferred to RFC, serving in No.29 Squadron, severely wounded during offensive patrol and awarded MC in 1917; AFC in 1919. Obtained permanent commission in rank of Flying Officer, 1 August 1919. With No.28 Squadron, 28 January 1920. To RAF Depot, 21 October 1923. To be Flight Commander, No.15 Squadron, 20 March 1924. Awarded DFC, 30 May 1924, "in recognition of distinguished services rendered with the Waziristan Force between January 1922 to April 1923." Promoted Flight Lieutenant, 1 January 1925. To attend Armament and Gunnery School, 15 February 1926. To be Armament Officer, RAF Training Base, Leuchars, 19 July 1926. To be instructor, Armament and Gunnery School, 25 August 1927. To be Armament Officer, No.3 Flying Training School, 2 August 1929. Appointed Officer in Charge, No.407 (Fleet Fighter) Flight, Fleet Air Arm, 8 December 1930. As of 13 December 1932 he was posted to Headquarters, Coastal Area, Lee-on-Solent. He was pilot of a Seal aircraft which crashed at Leuchars, 29 June 1933, killing LAC Thomas Alexander Rae; Wray was not injured. Promoted Squadron Leader, 1 October 1933. To command No.43 Squadron (Furies), 15 April 1935. Led nine Furies in Royal flypast and review, 6 July 1935. To be Group Armament Officer, No.11 (Fighter) Group, 1 May 1936. To be Command Armament Officer, Fighter Command, 14 July 1936. Promoted Wing Commander, 1 October 1937. Promoted Group Captain, 1 December 1940. Awarded Bar to DFC, 10 April 1942 for services as RAF Station Hemswell. Promoted Air Commodore, May 1943 (confirmed 1 December 1943). To command No.12 Base, Binbrook, 3 May 1943. To be Air Officer Commanding, No.221 (Tactical) Group, 14 July 1945. Mentioned in Despatches, 1 January 1946. Retired 10 May 1946. Died 6 April 1982.

"Air Commodore Wray has participated in numerous sorties including an attack on Hamburg in July 1943. He is an extremely skilful and gallant captain whose keenness and personal example have proved an inspiration to all in his command. The value of the training he has imparted to the young crews with whom he has flown on operations is inestimable. His work both in the air and on the ground has been of the highest order."

Public Record Office Air 2/4995 has recommendation drafted by the Air Officer Commanding, No.1 Group, 1 August 1943 when he had flown 15 sorties (85 hours) in No.1 Group of which nine sorties (55 hours) had been since his previous award.

"Whilst employed as Station Commander, Air Commodore Wray has, during the past year and a half, successfully completed fourteen operational sorties as captain on Wellington aircraft and, having converted himself to Lancaster aircraft, took part in the raid on Hamburg on the night of 29th/30th July 1943 as captain o a Lancaster, whilst holding the appointment of Base Commander.

"Air Commodore Wray, who is 47 years of age, is an extremely gallant officer who invariably captains any crew on operational flights quite regardless of their experience. On his last raid, on Hamburg, he took a crew who had only that day passed out of the Conversion Unit, and had never before been under fire. By his keenness to operate against the enemy, his skill as a captain of aircraft, his personal courage and complete disregard of danger, he has set a very fine example to all the squadrons under his command. The value of the training he has imparted to the young crews with whom he has flown on operations is inestimable, and I most strongly recommend that his splendid and gallant service be recognized by the award of the Distinguished Service Order."

This was approved as an immediate award by Air Chief Marshal Harris on 4 August 1943.

WRAY, Arthur Mostyn, A/C, DSO, MC, DFC, AFC (05036, Royal Air Force) - No.12 Base, Bomber Command - Mention in Despatches - awarded as per London Gazette dated 1 January 1946. Public Record Office Air 2/9121 has citation; he seems to have been recommended for a CBE.

"This officer has commanded an operational station and an operational base. He has taken great interest in operations in which he personally has taken part. He is a highly capable administrative officer who has devoted himself with great energy and zeal to all his tasks with successful results."


RE: Air Commodore A M Wray
Author: Alain Charpentier (Guest)
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18:04:57 Tuesday, August 2, 2005
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Thank you very much my friends for all these details, but Christopher, where is Langport ?and if you have the complete obituary,could you send me it at:alain.charpentier15.A T.wanadoo.fr

thank,Alain


RE: Air Commodore A M Wray
Author: Lester Stenner (Guest)
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18:22:20 Tuesday, August 2, 2005
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Langport is in Somerset, not too far from Yeovil.