|List of Fleet
Air Arm Honours and Awards 1939-1945
awarded to FAA Personnel
Dedicated to the memory of all those who received honours and awards in the Fleet Air Arm . The page is especially dedicated to the families of Esmonde and Gray.
TERMSFor most conspicuous bravery or some daring or pre-eminent act of valour or self-sacrifice or extreme devotion to duty in the presence of the enemy.
BARA bar is awarded for additional acts of bravery. Only 3 have been awarded, none to the Fleet Air Arm.
RIBBONThe crimson ribbon is 1.5 inches wide and a miniature cross is worn on the ribbon in undress. The ribbon was dark blue for naval recipients until 1918.
NAMINGThe recipient's rank, name and regiment are engraved on the reverse of the mounting bar.
DATESThe medal was instituted on 5 February 1856 with awards retroactive to 1854. The first award to British Naval Aviators was to the Royal Naval Air Service in World War I. Flight Sub-Lieutenant Reginald Alexander John WARNEFORD RN won his VC on 7 June 1915, he was killed in action at Versailles, France on 17 June 1915.
"On 7 June 1915 at Ghent, Belgium, Flight Sub-Lieutenant Warneford attacked and completely destroyed a German airship in mid air. He had chased the airship from the coast near Ostend, and succeeded in dropping his bombs on it, the last of which set the airship on fire, but the explosion overturned the attacking plane and stopped its engine. Having no alternative, Flight Sub-Lieutenant Warneford had to land in hostile country, but after 35 minutes spent on repairs, he managed to restart the engine and returned to base".The only other RNAS VC awardee was Sqdn Cdr Richard BELL-DAVIES, RNAS who as awarded the medal after gallant action on 19 November 1915 while carrying out an air attack at Ferrijik Junction, Bulgaria.
GRAY, Robert Hampton Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve, 1841 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm
Also see the website Victoria Cross Reference by Mike Chapman.
For information on Fleet Air Arm campaign medal rolls and individual awards contact the relevant Armed Services Medal Offices.
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