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Leon W Gray


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.


Units served with

  • 25th Bomb Group

    25th Bomb Group

    The 25th Bombardment Group (Reconnaissance) was constituted in the days after D-Day and activated in England in August 1944 to carry out photographic and mapping missions over mainland Europe as the Allied armies pushed east. The Group were designated...

  • 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group

    Based for the majority of their service at Mount Farm, Oxfordshire, the 7th Photographic Group (Reconnaissance) took over three million intelligence photos during the course of 4,251 sorties over occupied Europe. The Group was awarded a Distinguished...

Associated Place

  • Mount Farm

    Military site : airfield
    Originally a grass airfield satellite for the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Unit at nearby RAF Benson, Mount Farm was built in 1940-1941. It had three concrete runways, 49 dispersals (24 concrete pan type plus 25 PSP squares), and eight blister...

  • Watton

    Military site : airfield
    Built in 1939 as a medium bomber station with a grass airfield, Watton was occupied by the RAF until handed over to the Eighth Air Force in mid-1943. Improved initially with a single steel mat runway in 1943, plus 41 loop and 12 pan hardstandings, a...


Event Location Date
Born Lockney, TX 79241, USA 18 October 1913
Died Pima County, AZ, USA 26 November 2007
Buried Tucson, AZ, USA December 2007

East Lawn Palms Cemetery and Mortuary
Pima County
Arizona, USA


Date Contributor Update
14 August 2017 14:35:15 Al_Skiff Changes to service number, biography, awards, events, unit associations and place associations

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:18:33 AAM AAM ingest

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