Hay, Lieutenant Charles William

No 36 Training Sqn RAF

Charles Hay was born in Ladysay, Tasmania. He was a Mechanical Engineer and aged 28 when he enlisted in the AIF in the 17th Company, Australian Army Service Corps, at Enoggera, Queensland, on 11 January 1915. He left Brisbane on HMAT A11 Ascanius on 24 May 1915. After
service in France he transferred to the AFC on 30 April 1917 to train as a pilot. After qualifying as a flying officer, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in November.

He was killed in an aircraft accident at Montrose on 8 April 1918 while flying Sopwith Camel B7461 and practising firing at a ground target. The Camel spun from 2000 feet and then recovered at about 300 feet, only to spin again and dive into the sea. The Court of Enquiry found that Lt Hay probably misjudged his height after recovering from the spin. Lt Hay’s body was not recovered from the sea. A witness at the Court advised that B7461 was Lt Hay’s favourite aeroplane.

Lt C W Hay has no known grave and is commemorated on the Arras Memorial and the Villers-
Bretonneux Memorial, France.

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