Leon W Gray


Object Number - UPL 29596 - L-R: Colonel Leon W Gray, Gen Elliott Roosevelt. Col Gray is sporting a freshly pinned silver star to go with his DFC (OLC) and AM(14OLC).

Gray was a highly decorated WW II veteran who flew photo reconnaissance missions (unarmed) in enemy airspace with the P-38 Lightning and British Mosquito in the European theater. He was co-commander with Elliott Roosevelt in North Africa. Commander of 12th Reconnaissance Squadron flying P-51 and Spitfire missions to northern Italy during the Trieste Crisis. He was also Commander of 25th Bomb Group, 8th AAF in Watton, England, 1944-1945.

Awards: DSC, SS, LOM(OLC), DFC(OLC), AM(16OLC), British DFC, Croix de Guerre (Palm), EAME ( 2 Silver Stars, 1 Bronze Star), WWII Victory.


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Units served with

A B-26 Marauder of the 654th Bomb Squadron, 25th Bomb Group, parked on a runway. Handwritten on reverse: '654 BS.'
  • Unit Hierarchy: Group
  • Air Force: Eighth Air Force
  • Type Category: Reconnaissance



Event Location Date Description


Lockney, TX 79241, USA 18 October 1913


Pima County, AZ, USA 26 November 2007


Tucson, AZ, USA East Lawn Palms Cemetery and Mortuary Tucson Pima County Arizona, USA


Date27 Sep 2014 18:18:33

7th Photo Recon Group Master Directory, 6 June 1996; Aerial Intelligence of the 8th Air Force, pg 18 (photo) / Drawn from the records of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force, Savannah, Georgia

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