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Colin Maxwell Hay

In memory of:

Flying Officer Colin Maxwell Hay

March 6, 1945

Military Service


Service Number:

J/39394

Age:

31

Force:

Air Force

Unit:

Royal Canadian Air Force

Division:

432 Sqdn.

Honours and Awards:

Distinguished Service Order

Additional Information


Son of Walter Maxwell Hay and Annie Seton Hay; husband of Bette Aileen Hay, of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Commemorated on Page 523 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY
Surrey, United Kingdom

Grave Reference:

50. G. 3.

Location:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. Brookwood Military Cemetery is owned by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres. In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (originally The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district. This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War, and American, Belgian, Czech, Dutch, French and Polish plots containing the graves of Allied casualties. There are also German and Italian plots where prisoners of war lie buried.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

Digital Collection

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  • Photo of Colin Hay– Submitted for the project Operation Picture Me
  • Memorial– Father J P Lardie's comments as inscribed on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Colin Maxwell Hay is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Memorial– Flying Officer Colin Maxwell Hay is also commemorated on the Bomber Command Memorial Wall in Nanton, AB … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens
  • Id Card– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of COLIN MAXWELL HAY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of COLIN MAXWELL HAY– Submitted for the project, Operation Picture Me
  • Photo of COLIN MAXWELL HAY– 432 SQN - Decorated with the Distinguished Service Order after his third operational sortie, F/O Colin Hay, Winnipeg, Manitoba , navigator of a Halifax Bomber of the Leaside squadron of RCAF 6 Bomber Group, took over the controls from his pilot who was wounded by landing at an emergency landing field in Britain without further injury to the crew.
  • Photo of COLIN MAXWELL HAY– 12/11/44 432 SQN Flying Officer Colin Hay, DSO, Left, Navigator of a Halifax Bomber of the RCAF Bomber Group Leaside Squadron, is congratulated by F/S Gerry Duffy, Montreal, Quebec, Tail Gunner, on receiving his award. F/O Hay was decorated for bringing their shot-up bomber back to an emergency landing field in Britain when the Pilot was wounded by flak.
  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me
  • Newspaper clipping– In memory of the men and women memorialized on the pages of the Winnipeg Evening Tribune. Submitted for the project, Operation: Picture Me

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