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William Charles Hailstone

In memory of:

Flying Officer William Charles Hailstone

July 13, 1943


Mediterranean Ocean

Military Service


Service Number:

J/10642

Age:

25

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

458 Sqdn.

Additional Information


Enlistment:

January 1, 1941

Son of Charles Hailstone, and Annie Hailstone, of Regina, Saskatchewan. The province of Saskatchewan honoured Flying Officer Hailstone by naming a Lake in his honour.

Commemorated on Page 166 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

MALTA MEMORIAL
Malta

Grave Reference:

Panel 10, Column 1.

Location:

The MALTA MEMORIAL is situated in the area of Floriana and is easily identified by the Golden Eagle which surmounts the column. It stands outside the King's Gate, the main entrance to Valletta. The Memorial takes the form of a column fifteen metres high of travertine marble from Tivoli in the Sabine Hills near Rome, incised with a a light reticulated pattern and surmounted by a gilded bronze eagle two metres high. The column stands on a circular base around which the names are commemorated on bronze panels. The MALTA MEMORIAL, built on a site generously provided by the Government of Malta, commemorates those who lost their lives whilst serving with the Commonwealth Air Forces flying from bases in Austria, Italy, Sicily, islands of the Adriatic and Mediterranean, Malta, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, West Africa, Yugoslavia and Gibraltar, and who have no known grave. The bravery of the people of the island of Malta between the years 1940 - 1942 was honoured with the unique award of the George Cross.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Group Photo– 20 March 1943 - Both these lads were in the transportation business before the war. At the left is P/O John Diggins of Mulgrave, New Brunswick, former C.N.R. employee and at the right, F/O Bill Hailstone of  Regina, who worked for the Greyhound Bus Company. They are still in the transportation business but of a slightly different kind. Today, flying from Malta, they transport torpedos to make life unpleasant for German and Italian supply ships in the Mediterranean. Hailstone is a pilot and Diggins an observer in 458 RAAF (Australian) torpedo bomber squadron flying from Malta.
  • Photo of WILLIAM CHARLES HAILSTONE– AC2 WILLIAM CHARLES HAILSTONE - June 1941

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