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"Flying Officer DE Garland & Sergeant T. Gray" Artist unknown, 1943. Charcoal and pencil on board.

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Flying Officer DE Garland & Sergeant T. Grey

"Flying Officer DE Garland & Sergeant T. Grey" Artist unknown, 1943

Catalogue ref: INF 3/409Links to the Catalogue


A number of Victoria Crosses were bestowed for acts performed during the defence of France and Belgium in May/June 1940. The operation for which Garland and Grey received their awards was known to be extremely hazardous from the outset, the crews having drawn lots to see who would take part. With an 80% casualty rate from the five aircraft which took part in the attack on the Albert Canal, this image doesn't convey the very real danger these men where in.

 

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