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COLIN GRAY ~ top scoring NZ Ace

COLIN GRAY ~ top scoring NZ Ace

Signed Card + wartime photograph

Signed by Group Captain Colin Gray

  • Price: Serious offers invited until 31st July 2024


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Wartime press photo & RAF blue card signed in blue ink by

Group Captain Colin Gray DSO DFC**
54 Squadron ~ Battle of Britain

Colin Gray was a tough New Zealand fighter ace who fought with 54 Squadron during the Battle of Britain, flew sweeps over France then was posted to North Africa and took part in operations over Tunisia and Sicily before returning to the UK to command a Spitfire Wing. 

He was the top scoring NZ Fighter Pilot of WWII with more than 27 victories

The photo is stamped on the reverse ‘Official British Photograph’ by Photographic News Agencies Ltd of Fleet Street and is dated 19/5/44

Colin Gray’s autobiography entitled ‘Spitfire Patrol’, was published by Hutchinson in 1990 and both the book and photo fit neatly into this volume. 

 The card measures  13 x 8 cm and is in Fine condition
The photo measures 16 x 12 cm and is in Fine condition

Born in 1914, Gray was accepted into the Royal Air Force in 1939 after two previous attempts failed on medical grounds. He flew with No. 54 Squadron during the Battles of France and Battle of Britain, and had shot down 14 aircraft and had a half share in another by September 1940. He later added another 13 kills while leading fighter squadrons and wings in the North African and Italian Campaigns, and finished the war with a confirmed 27½ kills. After the war he held a number of staff and command positions in the RAF before his eventual retirement in 1961. He returned to New Zealand to work for Unilever. He died in 1995 at the age of 80.