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    Hello,
    I have uploaded a photograph of a highly decorated RAF pilot who`s wearing MC (possibly), DFC & AFC and other medals (WWI ??).
    http://i1377.photobucket.com/albums/...ps89r2oal2.png
    Any clues leading to his identification would be greatly appreciated.

    Regards,
    Greg
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    Medals look like, MC, DFC, AFC, War Medal, Victory Medal, IGSM, Army LSGC but can't ID the last ribbon.

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    Paul & Pete, indeed, it may be him.
    There were very few RAF officers decorated with Polish Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari and A. M. Wray is among them.
    The last ribbon seems to fit to this decoration.
    Anyway, many thanks for your help.

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    That is, without any doubt, Air Commodore Arthur "Father" Wray. I've got various bits of info on him Greg, let me know if you want me to dig any of it out for you :)

    All the best,

    Greg
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    I agree

    There are two photos of him in his entry on my site http://www.rafweb.org/Biographies/Wray.htm

    Malcolm

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    Malcolm's biography of his is as good as any you'll find anywhere else on the web. He was something of a legend in 1 Group, held in very high esteem by all who knew him either directly, or by reputation. Although forbidden to fly on operations because of his senior rank, he often "flouted the rules" and took a new crew on ops to help them build their confidence.

    I'm not sure, without looking in my files, why he was awarded the Polish Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari but I suspect it was something to do with the Polish squadrons in 1 Group. I'll see what I can find for you over the weekend Greg :)

    L/O

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    Hello,

    Candid shot of Air Commodore Wray (with Proctor I R7496?, in background).

    https://www.awm.gov.au/collection/UK0551/

    Col.

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