Tony Gaze, James Davison’s legendary grandfather, is famous for his remarkable service to the Royal Air Force as a Spitfire pilot during the Second World War. He was one of just 47 men to be honored with the Distinguished Flying Cross three times.
He was the first Australian to fly a jet-the Gloster Meteor-in combat. Gaze Air Force career involved being shot down in France and having to escape back to England via Spain. Besides, he was one of most famous post-war race drivers, having become the first Aussie Formula 1 driver when he started to Belgian Grand Prix at Spa in 1952.
James Davison will pay tribute to his grandfather by wearing a Royal Air Force- inspired helmet at the Indy 500. Gaze’s Wartime heroics are worth remembering, and Davison’s Indy 500 lid will recognize this with classic Royal Air Force colors, along with the DFC and Two Bars.
Gaze passed away at the age of 93 in 2013.