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Old 01-12-2010, 17:27
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Default Only Fighter Pilot VC in WW2

FP_VC.jpg Sole VC to Fighter Command in WW2
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Jim:

An interesting article ... but would have thought that Lieutenant Robert Hampton Grey VC, DSC, Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve would have been the second one ... unless the authors of the article were only considering the war in Europe?

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Tim -the post is as stated -the only RAF FIGHTER COMMAND pilot awarded the VC, Are you claiming that Lt Grey RCNVR was a pilot in RAF Fighter Command???As far as I am aware Grey was one of two recipients in the FAA who were awarded the VC-just a tad different; but Hey Tim my thanks for your interest

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Jim:

Grey most certainly was not a member of Fighter Command ... as you correctly stated, he was flying with the Fleet Air Arm when he died

Just found the title of the thread misleading (as it doesn't refer to "Fighter Command") and the article you provided equally so as it quite clearly states that Flight Lieutenant Nicholson was " ... the only fighter pilot to be awarded a VC during the whole of World War 2."

I missed your addition to the article in which you mention "Fighter Command."

Anyway ... they were obviously both brave men who made the supreme sacrifice for their countries

On a somewhat related note, I really enjoy the wide variety of items which you post to this site. As a relatively new member I am still working my way slowly through the many threads and am amazed at the variety of subjects which you tackle. Your posts are always great to read!

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Flt Lt Nicholson was based at RAF Boscombe Down. There is a memorial to him outside the main admin block, and on the 70th anniversary of his VC award in 2010, a Spitfire and a Lancaster did a flypast over Boscombe as a tribute.
The Community Centre outside of the base is known as the Nicholson Centre.
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Many thanks for the interest and snippet tonclass-I bet a lot of people are quite unaware of this information.

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