Young cadets honour Borden Gray

Nov 11, 2014  NEWS RELEASE 155 BORDEN GRAY AIR CADET SQUADRON *********************** Borden Gray GC, gave up his spot so others could survive Sault Ste Marie’s, Flying Officer Roderick Borden Gray was the navigator of a RAF Wellington sub hunter flying over the Atlantic.

Borden Gray GC, gave up his spot so others could survive

Roderick Borden Gray GC
Roderick Borden Gray GC

Sault Ste Marie’s, Flying Officer Roderick Borden Gray was the navigator of a RAF Wellington sub hunter flying over the Atlantic Ocean in darkness on the 27th of August, 1944.

After receiving a radar blip the Wellington went into action knowing the blip could be a surfaced German U Boat.

Then while attacking U Boat, Borden Gray and his crew had to ditch shortly after the attack as a result of being hit by anti aircraft fire, but not before Borden Gray dropped the Wellington’s depth charges.

In the cold Atlantic water and darkness he rescued two of his crew from the water and got them into his one man survival raft.

He knew that the raft would not hold him as well and yet being severely wounded himself  he elected to stay in the water.

By morning he had died of his injuries before the rest of crew was rescued later on the 28th.

He became one of only 10 Canadians, though posthumously, to be awarded the George Cross (GC) during the Second World War at the age of 27.

The 155 Borden Gray Air Cadet Squadron was named in his honour to carry on his memory.

Each cadet has a shoulder flash on each arm of their uniform with Borden Gray’s name embroidered on the crest.

The cadets of 155 will be marching on November 11 as part of Sault Ste Marie’s Remembrance Day Ceremonies.

The cadets are boys and girls aged 12 to 18 years that are part of the Canadian Cadet movement.

To read more about this Soo native and his heroism, his official citation of the George Cross and a more detailed account of Borden Gray’s bravery please use the link to the 155 Air Cadet web page, www.aircadets.ca/155.

Once there, look for Borden Gray’s picture to learn more.

Also take a few minutes to see what the cadets that carry on his name are doing in our community while learning good citizenship, dedication and leadership.

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