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Name: Arthur Raymond Hayes Rank: Leading Aircraftman Service No: R/176594 Regiment/Service: Royal Canadian Air Force Date of Birth: September 7, 1923 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: January, 1942/July 22, 1942 (RCAF) Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth Age at Enlistment: 18 Height: 5 feet 4 inches Weight: 108 lbs. Complexion: Medium Eyes: Blue Hair: Brown Trade: Student Marital Status: Single Religion: Baptist Next of Kin: Arthur Raymond Hayes (Father) Yarmouth North, NS Date of Death: June 15, 1943 Age: 19 Cemetery: Yarmouth Mountain Cemetery, Yarmouth, NS Grave Reference : P-22 The 55th name on the WWII list of the Yarmouth War Memorial (Raymond A. on the Yarmouth War Memorial) Commemorated on page 169 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance This page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 8 Arthur was the son of Arthur Raymond Hayes (1878-1948) and Edith Abigail (Smith) Hayes (1879- 1964), of Yarmouth North, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia. Arthur initially enlisted with the 2nd Battalion of the West Nova Scotia Regiment in January 1942 at Yarmouth, NS. He was then discharged to join the RCAF in July of that same year. Arthur attended Milton School between 1929 and 1937 and Yarmouth County Academy between 1937 and 1942 completing grade 11. He played baseball and hockey and enjoyed swimming, skating, fishing, and hunting. On enlistment with the RCAF he was assessed as being above average in intelligence and alertness and found suitable for aircrew. While training as an Air Bomber, he was killed at 6:55 pm on June 15, 1943, the result of a flying accident when Anson No. 7339, on which Arthur Hayes was a crew member, collided with Anson No. 7566. The two Anson aircraft crashed about three miles east of Willow Grove Bombing Target, flying from the No. 1 Bombing and Gunnery School at Jarvis, Ontario. The pilot of Anson 7339, Pilot Officer R. C. Herring (Service No. J/24294), survived the crash. The other 2 RCAF crew lost from Anson 7339 were: Leading Aircraftman John Arthur Holgate, Bomb Aimer trainee, age 20 Interred at the Beechmount Cemetery, Edmonton, Alberta, Block 208 Grave 22 Leading Aircraftman Frederick Earl Innes, Bomb Aimer, age 27 Interred at the Norwood Cemetery, Wellington Street 34, Norwood, Ontario, Lot 88 Range 17 Grave 2 The 4 RCAF crew lost from Anson 7566 were: Leading Aircraftman John Henry Kearney, Bomb Aimer trainee, age 18 Interred at the Mount Hope Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Sec 23 Lot 898 Flying Officer Edward Blake Norbury, Pilot, age 21 Interred at Victoria Memorial Park, Windsor, Ontario, Sec 467 Block L Grave 2 Leading Aircraftman Hector Patrick Samuel, Bomb Aimer trainee, age 18 Interred at the Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec, Sec M Lot 3410 Grave 3219 Leading Aircraftman James Alexander Smith, Bomb Aimer trainee, age 19 Interred at the Forest Hill Cemetery, Three Rivers, Quebec, Sec H Lot 4306 Arthur Raymond Hayes’s body was returned to Yarmouth and interred at the Mountain Cemetery on Parade Street in Yarmouth. His name is also listed on his parents grave marker in Mountain Cemetery.
Arthur Raymond Hayes